I know this is probably a lousy question, and I'm sorry if it is. What if Earth had another moon closer than Luna and rings in between the two moons? How would Earth's culture and environment be affected by rings and two moons on border patrol? I understand that this would probably not be possible, because tidal forces will destroy the rings, but what if? Maybe Luna II's tidal forces will balance out Luna's (and Sol's) and nothing will happen? This is a lot to ask.


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I would imagine that the culture on earth would be deeply affected. Heres why:

1) RELIGION — the moon has played a large part in religions worldwide for a long time now. Think Greek goddess Artemis, or her Roman equivalent, Diana. If there were suddenly two moons, those mythologies would immediately be altered, and drastically. There would have to be new myths to explain the rings, too.

2) TIDES — with two moons and rings, the tides would be unpredictable and dangerous, resulting in sailing being greatly intensified. It would be too risky to use boats on the ocean too much, so trade would be inhibited and all of general civilization would probably be set back at least a century

3) APOLLO MISSIONS — pretty much speaks for itself.


4) MOON RINGS — the moons could collect material from the rings and have their own visible rings. They’d also probably have a lot more craters in them from impacts with the rings.

  • $\begingroup$ Apollo missions: lol. $\endgroup$
    – The_CIA
    Apr 16, 2017 at 14:27
  • $\begingroup$ Also, literature would be affected a lot: if a single moon has inspired so much poetry then imagine how much more it would be if there were two of them! $\endgroup$ Apr 16, 2017 at 19:23
  • $\begingroup$ With rings on top of it! Who knows what craziness might arise! $\endgroup$ Dec 9, 2020 at 14:03

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