We’ve Got The Rings Like Saturn

Every time I watch a sci-fi film that features distant planets with various moons whirling around them, I wonder: wtf would that look like?

Sometimes planets orbit other planets while orbiting a sun; Tatooine has twin suns. Avatar‘s Pandora is a moon orbiting gas giant Polyphemus. So what would ordinary ol’ Earth look like with some of these features?

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via Ron Miller and io9.com

An article posted on io9.com shows images of what our planet’s sky would look like with Saturn’s rings – and it’s pretty amazing. Perspectives include a far northern Alaska, far southern French Polynesia, Washington D.C.’s latitude and smack-dab on the equator.

The cool thing is they’d remain there day and night – there’s no such thing as ring-rise or ring-set. Check out the article to see more about an ancient Earth that actually did have rings and what’s happened to it since.

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About Galen Drinnan

Galen is a graduate of the RTA School of Media and works in digital content management. He eats, sleeps and breathes science fiction and fantasy, and once pulled a Crazy Ivan. He is currently working on a Barn Swallow.

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