What if Earth had Saturn's rings??? I thought this was just awesome....

  • HndsmKansan

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    Feb 28, 2013 2:01 AM GMT
    I was a kid with a real imagination ... . Loved anything astronomical and in 5th grade gave a talk to my class about why Mercury and Venus are considered the morning and evening "stars". I saw this on youtube and thought it was really interesting!

    Not sure about "Avemaria" as the accompanying song, but ..meh..
    it all works...


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    Feb 28, 2013 4:41 AM GMT
    Cool. But wonder what it would be like in the areas where the rings cast shadows on the Earth. Is it just like an overcast day or is it more like a late evening or even just like at night?
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    Feb 28, 2013 4:43 AM GMT
    That was pretty cool!

    Unfortunately, the reality is we already got "rings" in progress. Let's wait another 50 years and all those satellite will start becoming one whole orbit of mess.
  • Lukehiker

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    Feb 28, 2013 5:02 AM GMT
    SirAndy saidThat was pretty cool!

    Unfortunately, the reality is we already got "rings" in progress. Let's wait another 50 years and all those satellite will start becoming one whole orbit of mess.


    They're actually designed not to.

    One of the crucial factors in a ring system is that it is a Perfect circle; no elliptical shape. The orbits of the satellites are designed so that they always have a slight Ellipse, if not something significantly more, so when they shut down, gravity will eventually pull them into the atmosphere.

    Now an elliptical ring would, at its closest point(s) be squeezed by the planets gravity, the result is a disruption in the delicate balance of the ring, literally tearing it apart. Most rings have this as their fate, but it takes hundreds of millions of years; an elliptical ring would die in about a million or less.
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    Feb 28, 2013 5:03 AM GMT
    Stopped watching since the first sentence was grammatically incorrect.
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    Feb 28, 2013 5:06 AM GMT
    7Famark saidStopped watching since the first sentence was grammatically incorrect.


    don't be a diva nowicon_lol.gif at least he's creative.
  • thatirishbast...

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    Feb 28, 2013 5:16 AM GMT
    Dangerous meteor showers every other night...A complete satellite blackout over certain parts of the world...I think I'll pass.
  • Beastmode

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    Feb 28, 2013 12:03 PM GMT
    Agree that it would look awesome but ring systems are inherently unstable.
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    Feb 28, 2013 12:12 PM GMT
    Lukehiker said
    SirAndy saidThat was pretty cool!

    Unfortunately, the reality is we already got "rings" in progress. Let's wait another 50 years and all those satellite will start becoming one whole orbit of mess.


    They're actually designed not to.

    One of the crucial factors in a ring system is that it is a Perfect circle; no elliptical shape. The orbits of the satellites are designed so that they always have a slight Ellipse, if not something significantly more, so when they shut down, gravity will eventually pull them into the atmosphere.

    Now an elliptical ring would, at its closest point(s) be squeezed by the planets gravity, the result is a disruption in the delicate balance of the ring, literally tearing it apart. Most rings have this as their fate, but it takes hundreds of millions of years; an elliptical ring would die in about a million or less.

    You are great.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Feb 28, 2013 12:59 PM GMT
    Well I think any "ring system" would be a bit of a challenge when it came to
    the launching of satellite's or space travel, at least initially. All would have to stay out of "ring space"...lol

  • Lukehiker

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    Feb 28, 2013 5:14 PM GMT
    Well, if you REALLY wanted one....

    A Particle ring system is inherently unstable, but a constructed one could be more viable.

    One of the proposals for the space elevator system is such a ring. a Huge space station that completely encircles part of the planet, just like a ring. Space elevators would then be tethered to the highest altitude portions of the ring, which would remain in geosynchronous orbit, while the lower reaches of the ring orbit at a slower speed to remain geosynchronous. The whole system is Far more stable than a tether between a single, small, space station and the planet.

    Who knows, give it 2-300 generations, and we may just have one.
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    Mar 06, 2013 5:07 PM GMT
    It's an interesting concept actually! Would be a nice sight to see don't know if I'd like it all year round but it would be great to see something like this in our atmosphere at least a couple of times per year. Beautful sights in that video. Nights would be gorgeous. But of course we could always go to the upper latitudes to experience the Aurora Borealis not really like the ring system but essentially a beautiful light show. icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 06, 2013 5:37 PM GMT
    MrWilson2B saidCool. But wonder what it would be like in the areas where the rings cast shadows on the Earth. Is it just like an overcast day or is it more like a late evening or even just like at night?


    I wonder also.
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    Mar 06, 2013 5:41 PM GMT
    I think rings make the earth look too busy. Those patterns clash, gurrrrl.