Friday, June 28, 2013

How Would Earth Look Wearing Saturn's Rings?


A recent BuzzFeed article found here, and written by bleedOrange, talked about the view we would have from various points on Earth if we had rings like Saturn. Just out of curiosity I started looking for general images of Saturn and thanks to NASA there are a lot. I also realized there is information we know now, that I didn't have available to me when I was taking science way, way, way back when. All information was taken from the wiki article here.


Saturn has a prominent ring system that consists of nine continuous main rings and three discontinuous arcs, composed mostly of ice particles with a smaller amount of rocky debris and dust. 


Sixty-two known moons orbit the planet; fifty-three are officially named. This does not include the hundreds of "moonlets" within the rings. 

Titan
Titan, Saturn's largest and the Solar System's second largest moon, is larger than the planet Mercury and is the only moon in the Solar System to retain a substantial atmosphere.


Only one-eighth the average density of Earth, with its larger volume Saturn is just over 95 times more massive than Earth


A global storm girdled the planet in 2011. In the image above, you can see how it has circled the planet and lapped itself (northern hemisphere)


A persisting hexagonal wave pattern around the north polar vortex in the atmosphere at about 78°N was first noted in the Voyager images. Each side is wider than the diameter of Earth.

Saturn eclipse

What would our skies look like if Saturn was as close to us as our moon?






What would it look like if Earth had rings like Saturn?

IF they appeared from west to east would we know the difference?

The rings would cast large shadows on the sunny side of the planet

But what a view!





French Polynesia Latitude: 23 South

Nome Alaska Latitude: 64 North

Quito Ecuador Latitude: equator

Tikal Guatamala Latitude: 17 North

Washington DC Latitude: 38 North

1 comment:

Zainab Amiri said...

The view would be great. Nice pictures ;)