If Earth had rings like Saturn or Uranus, what might that be like? How might that have influenced human science, culture, navigation, mythology and religion throughout the ages? Since the rings would be so bright, we might not have seen (m)any stars and planets, so how might this have affected astronomy? Would we even have a Copernicus, Galileo, or Kepler? Would Brahe have seen “his” famous supernova?
In this brilliant fusion of fantasy, art and science, artist Roy Prol proposes what an Earthly ring system might look like in this lovely video. He starts by showing the orientation of the rings, then moves on to imagine what the rings might look like when viewed from the ground in various cities around the world, day and night: