Krulwich On Science

Suppose The Earth Got Saturn's Rings ...

This little video boggled my mind, mostly because it is so precisely imagined. What would our sky look like, asks artist Roy Prol, if the rings of Saturn got transferred to Earth?

Those rings stay put. They don't shift around. But people shift all the time. So, if you lived in Quito, in Ecuador, the rings would be above you, but skinny, like a sharp cut in the sky.

An artist's rendering of the Earth with rings.

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Leave Ecuador for Manhattan? From a northern angle, those same rings would splay into a huge double band, bigger than any skyscraper. In Sweden, they get low and fat. In Madrid, they look like side-by-side railroad tracks.

An artist's rendering of the Earth with rings.

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Would kids grow up differently under such different skies?
Would they paint differently?
Write different stories?
Dream differently?

I wonder.

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