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What Would Happen If The Earth Had Rings?

  • čas přidán 20. 02. 2024
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    Rings around planetary bodies is surprisingly common. So why doesn’t the Earth have rings? Today we take a look at how rings form, what kind of rings Earth could have, how they would have shaped humanity, and why many scientists believe once upon a time, we did.
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    0:00 - What Are Rings?
    2:09 - How Can Rings Form?
    6:07 - Earth Rings View From Space
    7:05 - Earth Rings View From Earth
    7:50 - View From Earth At Night
    8:22 - Shadows and Seasons
    11:56 - Tangent Cam
    13:58 - How Rings Could Affect Culture
    16:40 - How Rings Could Affect Science
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  • @joescott
    @joescott  Před 3 měsíci +1650

    Hey I just wanted to say thanks for all the lovely comments this video has been receiving. As many of you pointed out, we put a LOT of effort into this video and really tried to make it something special. Who knows if that will be reflected in the view numbers but your responses make me feel like it was all worth it. Thank you!

    • @instinctroller
      @instinctroller Před 3 měsíci +39

      This was an A+ video, IMO! The graphics, the interesting science-based speculation, the fact-checking with leading experts... you can tell this was very high-effort, and I'm sure your community is grateful for it! Thank you.

    • @fett713akamandodragon5
      @fett713akamandodragon5 Před 3 měsíci +16

      Top tier brother, you always hit it out of the park to be honest.

    • @FireStarter13O7
      @FireStarter13O7 Před 3 měsíci +18

      It's so refreshing watching a video like this with time, effort and passion in it. In comparison to all the AI scripted and Image generated videos. Amazing work from everyone involved!

    • @britishbeef2116
      @britishbeef2116 Před 3 měsíci +15

      Damn, those animations of the rings around Earth were so pretty! Such a cool video, you really didn't disappoint!

    • @ku8721
      @ku8721 Před 3 měsíci +8

      Thank you for coming back, you are hands-down one of the best parts of my Mondays. Literally makes my whole week better! Can't tell you how many times last week I refreshed your page, thinking did CZcams just not notify me?

  • @robsquared2
    @robsquared2 Před 4 měsíci +4824

    That's why aliens don't call us, the earth doesn't ring.

    • @ci6516
      @ci6516 Před 3 měsíci +432

      You should be arrested

    • @supreme84x
      @supreme84x Před 3 měsíci +169

      So aliens only call married planets?

    • @mac23806
      @mac23806 Před 3 měsíci +33

      But they do visit

    • @supreme84x
      @supreme84x Před 3 měsíci +129

      @@mac23806 Sure they visit, showing up in the middle of the night drunk. But do they ever call beforehand? Do they ever ring the next day to see how we are doing after the night of probing? I think not!

    • @ilovereptiles687
      @ilovereptiles687 Před 3 měsíci +15

      ​@@supreme84xye so sad 😢

  • @thenoremac2685
    @thenoremac2685 Před 3 měsíci +640

    I once created a fantasy setting that takes place on a planet with rings. During the winter, the sun disappears behind the rings and turns the day into a deep twilight. These few months are known as the Long Night, and it's always when all the nocturnal and subterranean monsters roam the land. Most of the year is centered around preparing for this time, much like our own winter for subsistence agricultural societies. Food needs to be harvested, preserved, and stored. Defenses and fortifications need to be repaired. Weapons and armor maintained. It's also a big money-making time for adventurers and mercenaries.

    • @nemo_venit_apud_ti983
      @nemo_venit_apud_ti983 Před 2 měsíci +8

      Me too, brother: my fantasy book is the same

    • @yesthatmousyiris4887
      @yesthatmousyiris4887 Před měsícem +3

      That's so cool!

    • @2kpresley67
      @2kpresley67 Před měsícem +38

      And that fantasy was called "A Song of Ice and Fire".

    • @rosemaryrogers1478
      @rosemaryrogers1478 Před měsícem +2

      Are you there by yourself?

    • @modstin
      @modstin Před měsícem +21

      In my setting, the rings are used for cardinal directions. So you have setwards, risewards, tipwards, and nyxwards (Nyx being the name of the Rings). The hemispheres are broken up into Ought and Nought, so if you need to refer to a specific direction in another location, you might have to say something like "The ship should be heading Oughtnyxrisewards"

  • @madisondenning3616
    @madisondenning3616 Před 3 měsíci +883

    You mentioned space junk, and it reminded me of a story I heard from a friend of my father. My father’s friend was an astronaut, unfortunately he is no longer with us. But he was doing maintenance on the outside of the space station and accidentally dropped the spatula he was using to apply the material. He contacted NASA back on Earth saying “uhhh I’ve dropped my spatula” and they tracked its orbit until it burned up in the atmosphere some time later.

    • @dianawatson5830
      @dianawatson5830 Před 3 měsíci +130

      This story made me giggle so much. Just imagining this happening and a spatula floating around in space 😂

    • @tfok.9789
      @tfok.9789 Před 3 měsíci +16

      What was his name?

    • @madisondenning3616
      @madisondenning3616 Před 3 měsíci +64

      Piers Sellers

    • @chilibeer3912
      @chilibeer3912 Před 2 měsíci +36

      I bet it was a very high tech space spatula though

    • @user-co8uy5rb2s
      @user-co8uy5rb2s Před 2 měsíci +60

      ​@@dianawatson5830before you laugh, there are weird names for real tools at NASA and in production plants. A spud wrench isn't for potatoes. But, there is such a thing as a spud wrench.

  • @namj8145
    @namj8145 Před 3 měsíci +370

    I also was a bit emotional seeing the photos of the rings from here on earth. Like standing on the brink of Niagara Falls, the size and power are overwhelming. I also wonder if we still had rings, would there be a guy somewhere posting a "What would happen if the earth had no rings?" video?

    • @NaomiMNK
      @NaomiMNK Před 2 měsíci +32

      I love that your brain also went to conspiracy theorists😂. I was thinking we wouldn’t have flat earthers

    • @Nikki_with_the_blikki
      @Nikki_with_the_blikki Před 2 měsíci +14

      I'm glad I'm not the only one that got emotional😭
      I got a little misty and was like _"what an absolutely beautiful baddie"_ 🥹

    • @kenmasters2025
      @kenmasters2025 Před měsícem +5

      Now I'm thinking what earth might be like without the moon

    • @Dioxazine_Stars
      @Dioxazine_Stars Před měsícem +1

      I was thinking the same!

    • @JariDawnchild
      @JariDawnchild Před měsícem +11

      ​@@NaomiMNKThe flat earthers would claim the rings are either a hologram or the massive support structure that holds up the sky dome's various layers. 😂

  • @dragonscottage9796
    @dragonscottage9796 Před 3 měsíci +830

    I was once working on a ringed planet for a speculative evolution and I was most interested in how many hours you might spend in any certain location in the narrow ring's shadow at different geographic locations and seasons. Sometimes you'd have the ring's shadow right at dawn, sometime at midday and sometimes towards the evening. Very fun stuff!
    I absolutely LOVE this exercise of a ringed earth.

    • @howlrichard1028
      @howlrichard1028 Před 3 měsíci +50

      You worked on a ringed planet? How did you get there?

    • @TPK_MAKG
      @TPK_MAKG Před 3 měsíci +80

      ​@howlrichard1028 he walked. obviously

    • @paperclip6377
      @paperclip6377 Před 3 měsíci +31

      You worked on a ringed planet?? Who the hell were your employers? Gman??

    • @owlthepirate5997
      @owlthepirate5997 Před 3 měsíci


    • @koma-k
      @koma-k Před 3 měsíci +17

      @@paperclip6377 the mice, most likely.

  • @jeffmbellucci
    @jeffmbellucci Před 3 měsíci +210

    Rings around Earth would be an incredible sight, but since ring system don't last indefinitely, we'd have to contend with the larger chunks of the rings surviving entry through the atmosphere. Not sure if I would want to live on/near the equator, as they would tend create a stripe of craters on the earth's surface over time.
    On the other hand, the smaller pieces would also create what would look like a non-stop meteor shower, which would also be amazing to watch everyday, as long as it wasn't directly overhead. :)

    • @kryts27
      @kryts27 Před 2 měsíci +25

      Interesting point about the (non-existent) ring at the equator, except you are not quite right. Most ring particles that age, would be much more like dust or sand grain sizes than large boulders that might survive to impact the Earth. So the inner ring material (by now) would have burned up in the atmosphere had it fallen to Earth. Plus, while over the equator there would anyway be a Cassini gap in the ring, much like Saturn's ring. In the early life of the ring, there would be debris raining down to Earth, so then you would be right. Lastly a ring around Earth would interfere with satellites; not good.

    • @rosemaryrogers1478
      @rosemaryrogers1478 Před měsícem

      Beautiful ❤️❤️

    • @neasanicdhomhnaill7112
      @neasanicdhomhnaill7112 Před měsícem +2

      I'm wondering if it would be uninhabitable on the equator as there would be no sunlight, it could be a glacial ring around the band of the Earth. No plant life, no creatures would survive. They might be turned to ice... just a thought!

  • @rmt3589
    @rmt3589 Před 3 měsíci +365

    This is amazing for worldbuilding. I was debating if a world I want to make a game(s) about had rings or not, and this is great to know what to look for! Thank you so much!

    • @smartsmartie7142
      @smartsmartie7142 Před 3 měsíci +13

      Playing with the conditions of the planet sounds extremely interesting

    • @rfak7696
      @rfak7696 Před 2 měsíci +14

      There's a lot of potential for worldbuilding with planets with rings. I wish It got explored more

    • @rmt3589
      @rmt3589 Před 2 měsíci +8

      @@rfak7696 I'm deffinately going with it. But I wound up with a green sun, so it's a little basic.
      But I didn't realize our sun was green till I realized the similarities between my world and our world.

    • @reazulzannah738
      @reazulzannah738 Před 2 měsíci +8

      Same, I've been working out how a planet would be with a ring system for worldbuilding of a novel series I'm planning on writing.

    • @bizz7612
      @bizz7612 Před 2 měsíci +4

      it would provide a lot of good narrative as well as influence gameplay. You'd always know where South/North is, it could illumante the nighttime of your world and in general look beautiful.

  • @guillermopena8412
    @guillermopena8412 Před 3 měsíci +164

    It really makes me think how quickly would earth circle navigating would have happened in a ring earth. I can imagine a world where explores wanted to reach the start of what could have at first be called “The Bow” or “The Arch”. As sailors try to reach the start they end up circumnavigating the earth and realize that not only is the earth round but so is ring.
    Hell, I wonder if they would pull a One Piece and navigate until they get right below the ring and then follow the line through the equator.

    • @flowapowa4307
      @flowapowa4307 Před 2 měsíci +5

      this sounds awesome.

    • @yourlocaldemon2195
      @yourlocaldemon2195 Před měsícem +3

      I love this take, especially since it sounds like “following the rainbow to a pot of gold.” I wonder if that would’ve affected people’s view on people from undiscovered lands. Would we have been nicer to people across the rings? Would they have been the sight to behold we’d have sailed for? Would ships cross paths and be shocked at how one was going south and the other north? Would there be camaraderie among these ring-travelers?

  • @pyrojack8230
    @pyrojack8230 Před 3 měsíci +38

    Culture wise, i can easily see massive lines in the sky being interpreted in mythology as the roadways that the Gods travel using or a straight track that the Earth rolls down or something like that

  • @honooryu5374
    @honooryu5374 Před 3 měsíci +4

    I can imagine people being stocky dwarves, telling time at night via the earths shadow and say stuff like "Feck, it is already half ring!"

  • @zacharydunn6577
    @zacharydunn6577 Před 3 měsíci +274

    I didn't expect to have my D&D and science nerddoms collide today, but here we are. I wonder if Matt ended up here while researching information about moons and other astronomical bodies to inform his world building?
    Also, this was an amazing video and I LOVED the effort you went to and the visualisations that were developed. Thank you!

    • @Shrilaraune
      @Shrilaraune Před 3 měsíci +2

      Ooooh, good point!

    • @Dang_Near_Fed_Up
      @Dang_Near_Fed_Up Před 3 měsíci +4

      I was thinking more in the Battletech universe than DnD, but the idea would be cool in either.
      Rings would add a degree of difficulty to dropship landings I would hazard to guess.

    • @azraeldusk2154
      @azraeldusk2154 Před 2 měsíci +2

      The Eberron discrod sever brought me here. Someone posted a link to this video. Eberron has a giant ring around it, Ring of Siberys.

  • @ScottStronghill
    @ScottStronghill Před 3 měsíci +574

    I have been a fan of this channel for years. And I have to say, this is one of the coolest explorations you've ever done, Joe. Well done, my friend. Well done!

    • @theophilusmann7869
      @theophilusmann7869 Před 3 měsíci +6

      Yes, this was moving.

    • @Khyranleander
      @Khyranleander Před 3 měsíci +4

      Absolutely agree. I like worldbuilding considerations like this, tweaks to Terranesque biomes -- mine's usu surface diffs, tho, so this is cool angle! [Hmm, dense rings = high dust/more ions up there, how affect aurorae, sprite lightning? And meteor showers, usu ones & what moon'd cause?...] FUN!!!

    • @ronmani9476
      @ronmani9476 Před 3 měsíci +1

      Ghtnoutnof my mouth.... Thanks Joe for all the thought provoking videos.

    • @NiloAzzurro
      @NiloAzzurro Před 3 měsíci +1

      I agree!!!

    • @jdk9673
      @jdk9673 Před 3 měsíci +3

      It never would have occurred to me to explore how rings would affect various cultures in different locations relative to the rings. That was a great addition.

  • @cactusthestupid7222
    @cactusthestupid7222 Před 2 měsíci +13

    The mythologies that would exist around the rings would be absolutely fascinating. This is such an interesting idea!

  • @jatzi1526
    @jatzi1526 Před 3 měsíci +30

    Interesting to point out that there was recently a new model put forward that suggested the majority of the debris formed by the Theia collision would have cleared up, and the moon formed its shape for the most part, in a matter of hours or days with a large amount of the impact craters on the moon being from left over debris that stuck around for awhile

    • @Vinemaple
      @Vinemaple Před 2 měsíci +4

      To me that's absolutely fascinating, it really brings home how cataclysmic an event it must have been!

  • @MisterCynic18
    @MisterCynic18 Před 3 měsíci +5

    The mythologies that would come outta this would be WILD

  • @CommanderNoob
    @CommanderNoob Před 3 měsíci +73

    Oddly enough, at 6:13, I was so taken aback, and overall shocked, that I actually cried a bit. There's this feeling that you can't really get any other way, where seeing our home, in a state of having rings breaks into your head, and makes you feel just how small you really are. I can't even explain it properly. The visuals were done so amazingly. Good work, Joe & Co.

    • @JohnDoeHZ
      @JohnDoeHZ Před 3 měsíci +15

      For me, it was 7:07. The rings from the ground took my breath away. I've never been so giddy to see the earth. I was all emotional. In a happy way.

    • @akaliotp6766
      @akaliotp6766 Před měsícem

      Man up.

    • @mowvu5380
      @mowvu5380 Před měsícem +1

      please go outside more often. human adults shouldn't be crying at a youtuber's vfx

  • @Keiidryn
    @Keiidryn Před 3 měsíci +12

    As someone who’s been obsessed with educational science videos on CZcams (I frequent PBS Space Time, Steve Mould, Action Lab, NileRed, etc), this was a very welcomed discovery.
    Not only was it entertaining to see the visual representations of what could be, but also there’s just something about the narration and the mindset being portrayed by the end that I found myself smiling. A ringed Earth could be cool, but the fact that we’re here today on this Earth to experience what we actually have is something we shouldn’t overlook. Life is an incredibly rare and complex thing and we just happen to be one of the ones to witness and document it in this enormous universe.

  • @DaNintendude
    @DaNintendude Před 3 měsíci +540

    The cultural aspect is definitely the most interesting part to me.
    I'm loving these thought experiments of how cultures would form and advance with those rings constantly there.
    I'd imagine the people to find out that the rings look vastly different at different parts of the Earth would have their mind blown.

    • @NickRoman
      @NickRoman Před 3 měsíci +72

      I imagine that this could be a cause for more exploration of Earth earlier in humanity's evolution. If you were on the equator and noticed that the rings start to stretch out the farther you go north or south, it might make you more curious and want to see how big they get. Then again, there was plenty for ancient humans to be interested in... out there away from home.

    • @zeppie_
      @zeppie_ Před 3 měsíci +82

      Same! I imagine that all the distinct bands would have unique names, just like the planets and stars. You’d learn them in school alongside the planets’ names.
      People from the past might have believed for a long time that the rings were solid, which in their beliefs had their own peoples and geography. This would be the case until telescope technology improved enough to see the makeup of the rings. Perhaps they would have thought that the rings converged on the equator, forming a pathway onto them or a great wall dividing the globe.
      The rings could have been part of creation myths, or the mythical origins of animals or minerals. Like the Japanese had a myth where rabbits came from the moon, except with the rings. People near the equator might believe that it’s a river or stream, perhaps to do with life or death like a river Styx equivalent. Or they might have revered the ring as a god, like a giant snake or dragon diety. People farther from the equator might have thought of each ring as a separate god instead.
      Rings could have also had special significance in iconography, as a holy symbol or to encompass the earth as a whole in one symbol. Traditional halos would take the shape of the rings as a symbol of holiness. The equator could have unique cultural and religious significance, as the place closest to the rings. It could have been the subject of crusades or Mecca equivalents.
      A lot of vocabulary would have been inspired by the rings. Like Joe mentioned, instead of north and south, we might call it “skyward” and “ringward”. We might have a “ringday” each week. People might have “gone to the rings and back” to achieve something, or “have their own rings” when they felt all-important or overconfident. To “be among the rings” could have been used to describe intense joy, or alternatively to describe someone’s passing.

    • @kurtwicklund8901
      @kurtwicklund8901 Před 3 měsíci +1

      What people? Homo Sapiens would not have arisen.

    • @bbgun061
      @bbgun061 Před 3 měsíci +33

      ​@@zeppie_would ancient cultures have called it a ring, or an arch?

    • @KoeSeer
      @KoeSeer Před 3 měsíci +26

      i imagine ancient navigavtion will be easier, like when you're a trader from china to india, you will see the ring gradually getting thinner and thinner until they are just a slit in the sky and vice versa. sea navigation at night will less depended on stars and more depended on ring positions.

  • @scottbeale1825
    @scottbeale1825 Před 3 měsíci +44

    You'd also be able to measure how far north or south you were by the angle of elevation of the peak of the rings over the horizon. This would further impact navigation.

  • @VestedUTuber
    @VestedUTuber Před 3 měsíci +12

    Regarding leaving a ringed Earth, there's a relatively simple way to get around that - just slightly incline your orbit while transferring from below the rings to above them. The Apollo missions had to do that to reduce the amount of time spent in the Van Allen Belts anyway (and also to match the Moon's inclination relative to the Earth, which is honestly the main reason more than anything and not spending time in the Van Allen belts was more of a beneficial side effect), having actual rings just means that everything going past the ring boundary has to do that whether it's manned or not.
    Anyway, one effect Earth having rings would have on space exploration is that it would provide a source of materials beyond orbit, which would be EXTREMELY useful for constructing spacecraft and space stations. Imagine, once the technology is available, that instead of having to send every piece of a space station up preassembled from the surface, you could just launch the station core, some production facilities and some unmanned mining craft and build the whole station just off of one launch.

  • @Wildicon19
    @Wildicon19 Před 3 měsíci +29

    This was an educational marvel of a video! Rings would definitely change our weather patterns and seasonal temperatures for sure. Our wildlife , and ourselves, would be different than we are now. Thank you Joe for this amazing theory about the Ringed Earth!

  • @FirstNationsPisces
    @FirstNationsPisces Před 3 měsíci +32

    I just came across this channel and let me say that I’m a huge fan of the universe and this video just put a new chapter on my love for the universe. So thank you for sharing and the work you’ve put into this video!!

  • @ChicagoBacon
    @ChicagoBacon Před 3 měsíci +7

    I didn't even think about how easy knowing north and south would be. I loved this super deep dive into the question. Amazing work!

  • @thewiirocks
    @thewiirocks Před 3 měsíci +434

    Holy cow. You've outdone yourself, Joe! Watching the Earth's shadow across the rings gives a sense of perspective that I've _never_ had about living on this blue marble. Seeing that snaps into sharp relief that you're sitting on the side of a planet looking out. That's just... mind blowing. Thank you for sharing this!

    • @dandywaysofliving
      @dandywaysofliving Před 3 měsíci +8

      Sometimes I look at my shadow and I can see myself as if I was looking in a mirror in a way. As time passes I wonder if light can pass through me on a very small scale.
      So sometimes I look at a partially shadowed moon 🌙 and think about the angles of things but I look at the shadow and feel the same way u prob did

    • @paulchurchill5045
      @paulchurchill5045 Před 3 měsíci +1

      I imagine it doesn't take much to 'blow your mind'!? 🤔🙄

    • @Virsconte
      @Virsconte Před 3 měsíci +7

      I think we would have figured out that the earth is a sphere much faster for that exact reason. And probably that we orbit the sun as well.

    • @MontyBeda
      @MontyBeda Před 3 měsíci +2

      I am now thinking how flat earthers would explain it.

    • @512TheWolf512
      @512TheWolf512 Před 3 měsíci

      It's bloody terrifying is what it is

  • @Jedibigfoot
    @Jedibigfoot Před 3 měsíci +29

    this also makes me think of what it would be like if earth was instead a moon that orbited a gas giant with rings.
    I remember in a D&D campaign this was the case and once a month the gas giant was between the planet and the sun, creating a "dark day" that evil forces used to do dark rituals

    • @suran396
      @suran396 Před měsícem

      I'd live a video on this concept!

    @YABOIBISON Před 3 měsíci +20

    This is absolutely amazing. I can't imagine how much time this took to produce! Thank you for making this, it made my day!

  • @skully_bonez
    @skully_bonez Před 3 měsíci +6

    This would be such a cool thing to explore in a sci fi story or something. Everything would be so different if we had rings and thats insane.

  • @ResidentWeevil2077
    @ResidentWeevil2077 Před 3 měsíci +11

    I loved this episode very much...despite my megalophobia kicking into overdrive, it was very well researched and informative. Bravo!

  • @Aviivix
    @Aviivix Před 3 měsíci +7

    0:06 pardon the Poughkeepsie Civic Center? As in the Mid-Hudson Civic Center? THAT Civic Center? God it's so weird hearing references to my hometown in giant CZcams videos with hundreds of thousands of views. That civic center does kick ass.

  • @gansoerotico6154
    @gansoerotico6154 Před 3 měsíci +282

    Damn, you outdid yourself this time, Joe! This one is probably one the most interesting pieces of entertainment I've watched in a while. The research, the visualizations, the storytelling, the speculation of cultural impact... every bit of this video is a benchmark for creating content around science and "what if" scenarios. Congratulations, man!!

  • @arten
    @arten Před 3 měsíci +17

    I'm in the middle of writing a book about a world with large, day- & night-visible rings. I thought of several of the things you brought up, but the seasonal shading idea hadn't occurred to me. I like that aspect of it! Definitely going to incorporate it. Thank you. Navigation and timekeeping are aspects I already included, as well as far less dependence on artificial light at night for the temperate latitudes. And the light-pollution-like effect on the visibility of low-apparent-magnitude stars. Cultures in the high-reflected-light bands would be able to read at night in the summer, but might think stars in the sky are migratory things - high-altitude, glowing birds or some such. I'll definitely be adding in harsher ring-shadow-winters, regardless of what else I incorporate.

    • @HenryLoenwind
      @HenryLoenwind Před 3 měsíci +6

      And don't forget how different the sky would look for people travelling. Assuming the main cultures live in the same areas as we do, travelling to the equator or to the poles would be mind-shattering. Not so much about the rings---you see their position shifting slowly while travelling, so them becoming a very narrow band overhead or dipping under the horizon wouldn't be unexpected---but the rest of the sky would (especially at the poles) suddenly be filled with millions and billions tiny lights you had never seen before.
      And the darkness! Someone who grew up under the rings' eternal light suddenly standing under an open sky with tiny specs of light, but around them, the world is dark like a cave... (It wouldn't be for us, but people who evolved in a world where it's never truly dark wouldn't have the same night vision we do. They would instead be much better at seeing in dim light but not in near darkness. Eyes may even be a genetic difference in that world, like skin colour, depending on how habitable the pole regions are.)

    • @Dang_Near_Fed_Up
      @Dang_Near_Fed_Up Před 3 měsíci +1

      Imagine if the Rings and planet were tidally locked to the local star, one hemisphere in perpetual light with eternal temperate weather, the other in perpetual darkness and unending extreme cold. You could basically justify dual evolutionary paths on the same planet, where you have Summer vs Winter peoples with massively different characteristics.

  • @DawidSikora
    @DawidSikora Před 3 měsíci +8

    Space mining industry could be something very much currently possible if there were literal billions of tons of minerals just out there flying and waiting to be collected
    It'd also probably be super controversial due to rings being treated as religious entities (just imagine mining directly under a church or mosque irl)

  • @billywong1611
    @billywong1611 Před 2 měsíci +2

    4:55 - I've just learnt a new way of telling people to get their act together - "Would you please Moon up?!"

  • @mathewdruggan8877
    @mathewdruggan8877 Před 3 měsíci +3

    Joe I love your videos and this one is no exception. I'm constantly amazed at how seamlessly you blend poetics and hard science together into something both informative and entertaining. Thank you ad always and keep up the great content. 😊

  • @dado8467
    @dado8467 Před 3 měsíci +1

    i have been researching for a while about rings, as I like writing/drawing and the idea of life on a ringed planet is really food for inspiration. So I'm really glad I was able to find this video! Just what I needed!

  • @qazsedcft2162
    @qazsedcft2162 Před 3 měsíci +292

    Actually, we're pretty lucky to be living at a time when there are spectacular rings like those around Saturn. Some researchers say that rings like those can only last for some tens of millions of years, which is an instant on geological timescales.

    • @joescott
      @joescott  Před 3 měsíci +94

      Yeah, I kinda wish I'd made a point like that in the video.

    • @Voltaphonic
      @Voltaphonic Před 3 měsíci +1

      So.. What would happen to the rings of Saturn? Would it just become thinner or missing completely from the planet?

    • @USERZ123XD
      @USERZ123XD Před 3 měsíci +10

      @@Voltaphonic yeah it will just get grind to dust.

    • @seth7745
      @seth7745 Před 3 měsíci +15

      Some people people associate science with atheism but the more you learn about the universe, the harder it is to not believe in god. This all has to be by design.

    • @harmless6813
      @harmless6813 Před 3 měsíci +50

      @@seth7745No, it really doesn't.

  • @andrewcoon7695
    @andrewcoon7695 Před 2 měsíci +5

    Very interesting. I loved all of the different issues you brought up and when you mentioned our seasons being longer and more extreme. This had me wondering if that would partially explain snowball Earth as the planet would have been surrounded by debris before it coalesced into rings.
    Of course, my next thought was how "what goes up must come down" and that would have also made life different or pretty seeing it come down. Our ancestors having to play celestial dodgeball.

  • @JosephF.
    @JosephF. Před 3 měsíci +2

    wow this is a really good video, I love that you showed what it might look like, and even discussed the possible sociocultural effects, rather than just launching into the "why earth wouldn't have rings" speech immediately and leaving it there

  • @atreidhd
    @atreidhd Před 3 měsíci +3

    Those visuals of the ringed Earth are beautiful! Kudos to the artist(s)!

  • @ImTheWarlock64
    @ImTheWarlock64 Před 3 měsíci +2

    This is pure gold for a Sci-Fi writer.

  • @detroitbucknut
    @detroitbucknut Před 3 měsíci +2

    imagine mankind's knowledge if these rings actually existed. the amount of thought and analysis about the earth and space they would have inspired from the dawn of man is incomprehensible.

  • @DannyJoh
    @DannyJoh Před 4 měsíci +416

    Love the visualisations and your take on weather and culture. I think it would have a huge impact on our culture, we can't even imagine in what way I guess. Awesome video Joe, thanks for sharing!

    • @derrichtigearzt8932
      @derrichtigearzt8932 Před 3 měsíci +6

      The Rings would probably be at least one religion up until we invented the telescope and then it wouldn't be a religion anymore. Something that technically would not even be on earth would completely change the entire course of history imo.

    • @kellydalstok8900
      @kellydalstok8900 Před 3 měsíci +13

      @@derrichtigearzt8932would their god be called the Lord of the Ring?

    • @klocugh12
      @klocugh12 Před 3 měsíci +1

      They have such a pleasant ring to them! 😅

    • @squirlmy
      @squirlmy Před 3 měsíci +4

      idk, has any Abrahamic religions ended because there's no giant bearded guy in the clouds? We might, for example, have more "rings" than crucifixes now, but I don't think it would end, no matter what rational explanation came later. Everything in every religion can be interpreted as pure symbolism. We might have more metaphors for curved streaks of color in the sky, but that's the only difference, it takes more than that to end a fully-formed religion.

    • @nemonomen3340
      @nemonomen3340 Před 3 měsíci +5

      And yet, somehow, I expect there would still be Flat-Earthers.

  • @mirage809
    @mirage809 Před 3 měsíci +3

    I have messed about in Space Engine a lot, set foot on quite a few procedurally generated planets with rings in that program. The visual of a ring system in the sky has always been striking. I've never considered the effect rings would have on a world's climate though. My main thought was how astronomy and culture would be influenced by rings.

  • @auroraglacialis
    @auroraglacialis Před 3 měsíci +3

    I think since the rings would have formed together with threw moon, they would be in the same plane, which would make the movements and seasons even more complicated

  • @fant2105
    @fant2105 Před 25 dny

    This is top tier CZcams! The concept, the many perspectives, the beautiful visuals, everything!! Adding it to my favorites rn

  • @bentleyandgrantvideos1166
    @bentleyandgrantvideos1166 Před 3 měsíci

    I think this is one of the best if not the best video you have created since you started around 2016. Way to go. Great job!

  • @ZakZwald
    @ZakZwald Před 3 měsíci +74

    This is perhaps the best video I have seen produced by you and your team! The writing, the visualizations, the speculation, it was all at 100%

  • @VonDutchNL
    @VonDutchNL Před 3 měsíci +3

    So we could basically tell time by the earth's shadow on the ring. That would be absolutely amazing!

  • @dongurudebro4579
    @dongurudebro4579 Před 3 měsíci +1

    This Video was so damn well structered and intresting that i was really sad when it ended - at the same time it only felt like a 7 Minute Video! Awesome job!

  • @sross9501
    @sross9501 Před 22 dny

    This is the first video of yours that I've watched. I'll definitely be watching more! Thanks for the entertaining and educational video, this was a really cool idea and you clearly spent a lot of time and effort researching this.

  • @Archeia
    @Archeia Před 3 měsíci

    This is amazing and thank you for the really detailed video! I really was looking forward to the simulation but seeing it is awe inspiring!

  • @loreleineighbors9087
    @loreleineighbors9087 Před 3 měsíci +1

    Been working on a project with a ringed planet. This was very informative! Good job!

  • @Keksi
    @Keksi Před 3 měsíci +62

    I don't usually leave comments on your videos even though I watch them religiously pretty much every night but this one in particular had so much passion and love sprinkled in. The research put into this was so engaging and I wasn't expecting every question I had to be not only answered but visualized on top of that.

  • @areaxg2266
    @areaxg2266 Před 3 měsíci +3

    Hi Joe, first thanks a lot for the very well documented video and really interesting part regarding the cultural changes that could bring. Reposting the name of the sci-fi/horror/found-footage webseries I'm working on at the moment, called Abstract Walls on youtube, which might interest you on the aspects you treated. The episodes SEQ003, SEQ008, SEQ011, SEQ012, SEQ018 and SEQ023 feature visually an earth with rings and the cultural changes with it, a video like yours would have certainly improved it back in time especially on the weather aspects.
    Keep up the nice work.

  • @harmstrongg
    @harmstrongg Před 3 měsíci

    Joe, this is your best video. Ever. You've had some good ones, but this is not only your best but one of the best ever posted to the platform. Bravo.

  • @zanGalant
    @zanGalant Před 2 měsíci +2

    I shudder at the thought of some random dude in marketing thinking "we could project ads on the rings"

  • @j.l.f.9265
    @j.l.f.9265 Před 3 měsíci +1

    This video is fantastic. I've never understood the potential effects of rings in such a clear way. Thank you.

  • @jackasw3921
    @jackasw3921 Před 3 měsíci +1

    @joescott I loved this video so much! This kind of theoretical astrophysics is really cool for inspiration. An idea I had a while ago was a earth like planet that orbits around a gas giant tidally locked. I'm super curious about how this would effect whether systems and the planets tide.

  • @kanyda1
    @kanyda1 Před 3 měsíci +79

    Hey Joe, just wanted to say that I had specifically looked up a video "what if the earth had rings" a few months ago because I was curious, but the visualizations you had done were GREAT. Love the work you put into this one, and I have a feeling this will be an evergreen video for you, racking up views for years.

  • @tiaan8551
    @tiaan8551 Před 3 měsíci +1

    Earths shadow on the rings lowkey is one of the most terrifying things for me for some reason

  • @aprildugger3012
    @aprildugger3012 Před měsícem +1

    I love your videos. Also, whoever edits these, wow! Great job!

  • @Jaydoff
    @Jaydoff Před 3 měsíci

    This is probably the most well put together video about this topic. Great job!

  • @Bwans_Art
    @Bwans_Art Před 2 měsíci

    This is actually extremely interestng from a worldbuilding perspective! Writing interstellar adventures, thinking about how the different planets work, this video is super inspiring

  • @bryanallen5719
    @bryanallen5719 Před 3 měsíci +1

    Amazing video!
    The matthew mercer shout-out cracked me up lol

  • @PrinceAlhorian
    @PrinceAlhorian Před 3 měsíci +229

    Thank you for this vid, Joe. You have no idea how badly I needed this info. I am working on a fantasy novel where the world has rings and have only guessed at the global weather effects thus far. I have guessed a few things correctly except for the disparity of the darkness on lower latitudes during winter. This means I have a whole lot of rewriting to do but it also solves a few world-building gaps I have.
    Once again, thanks.

    • @aceholepictures
      @aceholepictures Před 3 měsíci +14

      Shit. Good idea! The thought to write a fantasy novel on a ringed planet jumped into my mind during this video. Good luck! I'll read it

    • @darksu6947
      @darksu6947 Před 3 měsíci +17

      I've read almost 1000 books in my 36 years of existing on this rock. If you ever need someone to proofread for you, I'd be happy to help. My favorite book is The Light of Other Days by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter. I also enjoy eating tater tots if that helps at all 😂

    • @PrinceAlhorian
      @PrinceAlhorian Před 3 měsíci +16

      @@aceholepictures Alderia's (The planet's name) main religion is also influenced by the rings. The myth tells a tale of The Twins (the two moons seen as lesser gods) had a sister called Milarka, but out of jealousy they pulled her apart. Now the rings are called Milarka's shroud and shooting stars are called Milarka Tears. In Winter it is said that Alderia mourns the loss of Milarka (Less sunlight and cold) and in the summer her spirit casts a protective shine at night (brighter nights during summertime) keeping never do wells away. The planet also has two calendars split between the north and southern hemispheres to aid in agricultural planning due to the vicious temperature swings with years starting on the exact moment of the equinox (First day of the year is the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere) where the sun cuts the rings on the equator.
      Just some world-building tidbits if you like.

    • @obilesk
      @obilesk Před 3 měsíci

      You've got me invested. i need to read your story now. @@PrinceAlhorian

    • @Expocat69420
      @Expocat69420 Před 3 měsíci +4

      @@PrinceAlhorian bro my mind was going to a sci fi/alt historical novel watching this. Like an exploration of a society on Earth that grew up with the rings and moon. Seeing how cultures form and adapt in the new climate, seeing how a hunter gatherer society might discover agriculture in such an environment, how people would structure their civilziations. As even though they might have excellent time keeping with the rings, moon and sun's movements, I can't imagine all the eratic weather effects would allow stable agriculture so Humans might end up being extremely nomadic over almost the entire planet except for the equator.

  • @AugustDreamScape
    @AugustDreamScape Před 3 měsíci

    Amazing & informative video! Love content like this! Keep up the hard work! 😄

  • @bens1cultist405
    @bens1cultist405 Před měsícem

    As some one who has tried to find solid information on how a ringed world would work for my writing this video is just the best thing, thank you for making this gem.

  • @thedarkwolf25
    @thedarkwolf25 Před 3 měsíci

    Great video, definitely something I had never considered. Just subbed as a result of the good work, now to poke through your backlog.

  • @elarianasky
    @elarianasky Před 6 dny

    it was genuinely gorgeous seeing those images of what the earth might've looked like if it had rings. I know the night sky would've been a sight to behold every single night and maybe it would've been a little harder to sleep, but definitely worth looking at for a while

  • @GamersThreshold
    @GamersThreshold Před 2 měsíci

    This is one of the most interesting and creative video I found on CZcams in a long time .....keep up the good work.....good luck

  • @ivanpetrov5255
    @ivanpetrov5255 Před 3 měsíci +34

    I love that you covered not only the physical side, but also the cultural side of the differences between a ringed Earth and a ringless Earth.

  • @Ambyli
    @Ambyli Před 3 měsíci

    Love the in depth research done for this :P
    So interesting!

  • @pisscow6395
    @pisscow6395 Před 3 měsíci

    One of the coolest and most beautiful science videos I've seen by far. I'm definetly going to be looking for new conclusions on this research- it's just so interesting!

  • @Starkykun
    @Starkykun Před 3 měsíci

    This is the first time I find your channel and this video is super high quality!!

  • @tiffanynajberg5177
    @tiffanynajberg5177 Před 3 měsíci

    This is one of the most interesting videos ive ever stumbled across. Subscribed. This captured my imagination in a way that is just awesome. Thank you for this.

  • @WizzardTelevision
    @WizzardTelevision Před 3 měsíci +2

    I don't know why but I find it equal parts hilarious and terrifying that its possible a ring could focus the sunlight.
    Thus I ask given all the videos of magnifying glasses: is it possible for the ring to make a latitude of Earth at risk of a literal solar powered heatray?

    • @MorbidEel
      @MorbidEel Před 2 měsíci

      Can that be a cheap planet destroying sci-fi weapon? Like instead of the death star maybe you just dump some orbeezs into a planet's orbit

  • @WiggyB
    @WiggyB Před 3 měsíci +34

    Finding a ringed Earth-like world in Elite Dangerous (game) is always amazing and very rare. They're usually pretty close to your beautiful renders, just rather less detailed. Great video as always.

    • @theshinken
      @theshinken Před 3 měsíci +1

      Oh yes. After watching those ringed earth renders, I felt compelled to start up ED again, go back into the black and finally tag that elusive ringed ELW that I never managed to catch so far.

    • @techpriestophelia317
      @techpriestophelia317 Před 3 měsíci

      This comment makes me sad. I wish space games like Elite Dangerous and Star Citizen were just better. @@theshinken

    • @theshinken
      @theshinken Před 3 měsíci +3

      @techpriestophelia317 I think ED is an amazing feat. Not without a lot of problems but it's still incredible to have it available in our lifetime. SC as well but that's not something for our lifetime but for our grandsons like that church in Barcelona ^^

    • @techpriestophelia317
      @techpriestophelia317 Před 3 měsíci +2

      @theshinken Technically both are great. It's just sad that it feels like a lot of their issues come from poor management.

    • @eekee6034
      @eekee6034 Před 3 měsíci

      @@theshinken I feel the same way about Kerbal Space Program :)

  • @gustavocardoso8489
    @gustavocardoso8489 Před 3 měsíci +1

    i have to admit i cant live without your weekly video. i really hope you come back soon to post another great weekly video before i died....

  • @poorlyproducedcontent2230
    @poorlyproducedcontent2230 Před 3 měsíci +1

    The coolest thing to me is how different the rings look from different areas on earth.

  • @1marcelfilms
    @1marcelfilms Před 3 měsíci +1

    You can feel the 2 suns effect when you are on the beach during sunset and the water and sand reflect the sun. It feels nice

  • @AfroRedMusic
    @AfroRedMusic Před 2 měsíci +1

    My curious, science loving, bookworm of an inner child loved this so much! The space debris reminds me of the image of the Earth in Cowboy Bebop which was released in 98, it's story was set where an apocalyptic event happened in the 2020s 😬 and it was quite jarring and poignant; especially since I didn't watch it growing up but having seen it as an adult 😂 Keep it up man, this was dope and thorough!!

    • @illorell
      @illorell Před 2 měsíci +1

      See ya space cowboy 🤠

  • @johncliffalvarez6513
    @johncliffalvarez6513 Před 3 měsíci +100

    Awesome content as always, Joe! This one in particular! I think it would be awesome to see more “what if” videos much like this one that explores hypothetical variations of our world and how it can impact everything from religion, culture, and overall evolution of civilizations in general.

    • @mrleenudler
      @mrleenudler Před 3 měsíci +7

      It actually has some Kurtzgesagt feel to it, just in a longer format and without birds.

  • @timothyvanhoeck233
    @timothyvanhoeck233 Před 3 měsíci +2

    Fun fact: some time in the distant future, as Saturn's rings begin to dim due to the gradual infall of debris over millions of years, Neptune's moon Triton will pass within the roche limit and be destroyed, resulting in Neptune stealing Saturn's crown as the planet with the most spectacular ring system within our solar system.

  • @katip8554
    @katip8554 Před 2 měsíci

    13:23 "My arms aren't long enough" really made me chuckle, imagine having 40,000km long hands.

  • @eddie_the_underlord_cow3459

    I find this timing hilarious. I'm currently trying to 0 damage armstrong as sam in mgr and as Joe said "I found it enlightening" the song said "The unenlightened masses"

  • @terrorizingtheturbin
    @terrorizingtheturbin Před 3 měsíci

    @joescott you’re a class act and still a head above the next best channel on CZcams. Excellent work!

  • @priceberight
    @priceberight Před 3 měsíci

    @joescott great video! One of my favorites of yours, and been following for 2 years now! What was the song that got sampled while the rings were first shown?

  • @inkel
    @inkel Před 3 měsíci +31

    I've been binge watching (and sharing) your channel for the past few months, but man, this is the first time that I've felt compelled to leave a comment. What a wonderful view would be the Earth with rings! Thank you so much for this video.

    • @redpillsatori3020
      @redpillsatori3020 Před 3 měsíci +1

      You can tell he put a lot of time and effort into this one.

    • @ChrisBrengel
      @ChrisBrengel Před 3 měsíci

      Thanks so much for all the research and time you put into this video, Joe!

  • @guilmon182
    @guilmon182 Před 3 měsíci

    I didn't know how much I needed this video for my homebrew D&D world! Thank you!

  • @premkudva
    @premkudva Před měsícem

    Oh boy that was a wonderful video and a great job by you.

  • @abigail6873
    @abigail6873 Před měsícem

    I love that you brought up the cultural impact rings would have, especially the mythological explanations we might have

  • @madzod0076
    @madzod0076 Před 3 měsíci +2

    I wonder if we had a ring like that if we'd be able to mine it or even set up liveable long term outposts on the bigger asteroids

  • @jjackson4273
    @jjackson4273 Před 3 měsíci

    Wow! Fecking stunning images! This just blows my mind!

  • @adamk2332
    @adamk2332 Před 3 měsíci +73

    Firstly, thank you for still being the same quality channel that you have been from the beginning. Seriously. You and your channel have not changed, but you have evolved and take steps to raise up an already respectable and respectful channel, again, since Day 1.
    Secondly, I just wanted to say that you are, without a doubt, the guy who would go to a seminar or convention to see or hear someone else speak or what have you, and if I was at that same event, I would hopefully hear about it, and would seek you out so i could shake your hand and maybe chat for a minute, if not longer. I'd seek you out before the top bill on the event. Because of your friendly insightfulness. You have an ability to glean wisps of "what ifs", and other people's views and and ideas, and incorporate them into your own deliveries. You do it in the most friendly way, and you seem approachable, as a human and, approachable with ideas. You understand how whimsy and woo-woo maybe just that, but without the fantasizing and creativity of thoughts and science, we wouldn't find anything new. We'd never get to the next step that, for today is out of reach, but tomorrow will be a rung we have pulled ourselves up on. You, and your team, deliver such great quality and passion that you even include tangent cam, which I love, because it shows that there is always SO MUCH MORE you could include, but there are only so many hours in a day. That right there is passion. It's like the pure joy in a child's rantings about their favorite toy or superhero, but as an adult. You are essentially the superhero, and your powers are, thought, logic, creativity, science and life, and you shoot photon beams and sound waves FULL of the stuff, into our eyes and ears, in the form of "Answers With Joe". Thank you. I love how truly human you are.

    • @joescott
      @joescott  Před 3 měsíci +19

      Wow, that is an incredibly nice thing to say, thank you. :)
      The fact that my little musings touch others in this way just makes me feel like maybe we're all taking similar journeys. And if we're all so similar in this world, maybe we'll be all right.

  • @charlesstewart8084
    @charlesstewart8084 Před měsícem

    This made my day!! Awesome Topic!!

  • @mskleftwich
    @mskleftwich Před 3 měsíci

    This is amazing. Thanks so much for investing in such cool visuals.

  • @vinayakverma2877
    @vinayakverma2877 Před měsícem +1

    Great Video! I believe could've discussed the tidal waves in oceans and gravity just below the rings should be different

  • @HappyQuailsLC
    @HappyQuailsLC Před 3 měsíci

    This was a truly great project! It must have been very enjoyable to have brought into being!!

  • @draynaruegames
    @draynaruegames Před 3 měsíci

    Now I 100% need to write a fantasy earth-like world with rings xD
    This video will greatly help with that