Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Earth Rings

I've been focused on other things, and didn't have much time for text, but I've been sitting on an inspiring vid that I'll take this opportunity to share. CG rarely gets me very excited, but the following video -- featuring hypothetical images of our day and night skies if the Earth had Saturn-like rings, set against famous landmarks -- is just the right mix of science and awesome visuals to really inspire me. This is another one that I would have gone out of my way to share with the design and concept departments at my old job. Enjoy!

7 comments:

  1. Really cool. I wonder how the moon would affect the rings---would they be constantly changing shape because of tidal forces? I also wonder how it would look at night with the earth casting a shadow over it. Would the moon sometimes cast a shadow across the rings also?

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  2. Most comments on other sites echo the idea that the moon would seriously screw up the rings. Thought it doesn't cover the moon thought, some other considerations of earth-with-rings were covered by Phil Plait: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2009/12/21/the-rings-of-earth/

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  3. maybe someday we might. millions of years from now rings of man-made space-junk might coalesce to spin and watch over a desolate earth ruled by lobster people.

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  4. *Fumes* The lobster people don't deserve our junk rings.

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  5. Let's just throw a bunch of crap up there now so we can enjoy our junk rings, but set a system in place that must be updated regularly by a human (tiny pinky buttons that claws can't access). When the last human dies out, nukes automatically sail into space to obliterate the junk rings. My plan is flawless.

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  6. It kinda reminds me of the vault in Lost, but with more lobsters. I approve of this use of brain power and human resources. *stamp*

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  7. yeah! like baby-proof bottles for lobster people but with a 'destroy the rings' pill inside.

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