Thursday, December 10, 2009

SCIENCEHYPE: Earth with Saturn's Rings

Ever wonder what our planet would look like with rings similar to those found on Saturn? Here's a really cool visualization of exactly that, created by Roy Prol.

He's included sky shots from some well-known places around the globe: the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janeiro, Quito, Malmö, New York City, Uluru in Australia, Madrid, the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Azadi Tower in Tehran, and the Kölner Dom. It's a pretty amazing thing to see.

It's likely that Celestia was used for this animation, which is a great piece of open source (that means free, if you didn't already know) software. The music is Ave Maria.

Also, did you know that in addition to Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune also have rings? These are collectively known as the gas giants.

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