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20 November 2009 @ 08:15 am
Earth with Rings  
What would Earth look like if it had a Saturnian ring system? video

New York City, Köln (Cologne), and Tehran are among the cities depicted! Been to the first two, hope to get to the third one of these days.

It's fun to speculate how our understanding of the planet and solar system would have evolved if we had a giant, perpetual image of rings in our sky, whose appearance changed only as one changed latitude. It would have had a huge influence on philosophy and religion as well. I wonder how many expeditions would have been launched to find the source of the rings, sort of like trying to find the end of a rainbow?
The Perfidious One, amethyst_hunter: Basketcat is pleasedamethyst_hunter on November 21st, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
That...would be pretty neat. Definitely would've affected how the ancients viewed the world and their philosophies/religions/etc....which I'm not so sure would have been a good thing, considering how some of those have been terribly abused as it is. Me, I'd just see rings and go "cooooool." XD