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Questions tagged [planetary-rings]

For questions about rings and their effects on the world and its people.

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Compass on a Ringed, Earth-like Planet

Is it necessarily a given that a compass (as they magnetically function on Earth) could be made to function similarly on an alternate, Earth-like, ringed planet? Another way of asking: is it feasible ...
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How to navigate a ringed planet at night?

I'm working on a story set in an Earth-like world but with rings (say, proportionately similar to Saturn's). I'm trying to get a solid handle on how these rings would affect the sky. For the ...
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Exploring a Ringed Planet in Medieval Setting [closed]

I know there are some questions on this site about ringed planets, but I want to get really specific and couldn't quite find what I was looking for (apologies if I just didn't find the right posts). ...
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Can a planet with chaotic rotation have more than one ring rotating in differents axis? [duplicate]

Let's say that planet earth have a big explosion . An explosion generated in earth big enough to change the planet shape. Making earth having a chaotic rotation like Hyperion leaving water and rocks ...
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weather after the earth gets flooded

tl;dr : the earth has been gradually flooded, over the course of a few hundred years. Also, there are now large lumps or ice raining out of the sky (not very often), causing massive tsunamis. I have ...
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Ringed Planet: The shadow's effect on fauna

I am writing a fantasy novel centered on an Earth-like planet with icy rings like Saturn. This question deals with certain effects of having such a ring system. Assume the planet is Earth, the rings ...
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Consequences of dark planetary rings?

I am aware of the possible consequences having a planetary ring may cause on a planet, but since I want my nights to be dark and not giant-reflective-curve-in-the-sky bright I've decided to make the ...
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Consequences of a two-mooned system losing the one closest to the planet?

I was thinking of adding rings to my planet and I wanted to give them a proper origin, so I thought about getting rid of the moon closest to the planet since I would still have one and it could make ...
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Is a ring planet possible?

No planet in the center, just a large O shape made up of large chunks of rock that in and of itself itself orbits a sun, as if it were a planet (as distinct from a ringworld). I know most of the time, ...
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What happens if a small moon is held within a planet's Roche Limit?

For story reasons, I need my mages to convert a moon on a collision course with their planet into a ring around the planet. The only thing they can do is hold the moon still. They can't do so ...
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What are the minimum dimensions for planetary rings to be as visible as the moon in our night sky?

What are the minimum dimensions (length, width, height, etc.) for rings to at least be as significant (as in brightness/visibility) in the night sky as our moon? Since there are so many variables ...
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Ringed planet: Reality check on ring-shadow visuals [duplicate]

This is one of a collection of questions about a ringed planet I am considering using as the setting for a fantasy novel. I would like the ringed planet to be as scientifically accurate as possible, ...
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How can I tell what my ringed planet will look like from the surface?

I'm considering writing a fantasy novel which takes place on a world with a ring. This ring is a very important part of the story, and I therefore want to be as accurate as possible in describing what ...
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Reality Check - Collision of a Moon prevented by turning it into a ring

In my current fantasy story, I have an earth-like planet with one large difference: it has a planetary ring. I would like this ring to be large and visible. I've been using Saturn's rings as a ...
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Effects of Rings - Debris?

I've been thinking about writing a fantasy novel set on an earth-like world with Saturn-like rings. I've been doing some research here by looking up questions about worlds with rings, of which there ...
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A world with two moons and a ring [closed]

Okay, first of all, the world I'm building is primarily fantasy-based, which means there is magic around; but for all intents and purposes its only use will be to solve problems faced by the creatures ...
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Could a gas giant's moon have stable rings?

The planet orbits a supermassive gas giant, almost double the size of Jupiter. But the planet orbiting it is also supposed to have rather large rings in my story. Question: Is it possible for a moon ...
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Could A Torus World Have Rings?

Towards the end of this article (https://io9.gizmodo.com/what-would-the-earth-be-like-if-it-was-the-shape-of-a-d-1515700296) there is mention of the different kinds of orbits the moon of a Torus world ...
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What If Earth Had an Equatorial Ridge

Saturnian moons Iapetus, Atlas, and Pan all have equatorial ridges. There's a few explanations as to why, but the theory behind why Iapetus has one is what intrigues me. (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/...
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What would the Total Eclipse look like on a planet with rings?

The recent total eclipse, got me thinking about how it would look in my world. I have a earth-sized planet with a ring system, a couple of small moons and 1 or 2 bigger moons. How would a planetary ...
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Simple question about ring physics

Can a planet (gas giant or otherwise) have rings not around the equator, but instead rings running from pole to pole? Think of Uranus' rings, except the planet isn't on it's side
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Would the Earth still need a moon if it had rings?

If the Earth had Saturn-like rings going around the equator would there still be a need for a moon? Would the rings be able to take care of the tides because of their gravity? Would the moon become ...
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If earth had another moon and rings? [closed]

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 ...
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Are multidirectional rings on a planet possible?

So I'm looking to add rings to a planet, but I'd like it to appear to be an atom (like a 3-D model with the electron trails) using the dust and debris from collisions long past. My idea is to weave ...
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How would a planetary ring react to a magnetic field?

So for the story I'm writing, I'm designing is a gas dwarf with a very strong magnetic field and a planetary ring with a slightly inclined orbit. However, the rocks within the ring are very sensitive ...
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What would the sky look like in the SHADOW of planetary rings?

Background: I'm writing a nomadic society that lives in the shadow of their planet's rings. These rings are as wide as possible to grant them the biggest shadow. The planet has an incredibly long year ...
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Planetary rings: colour of the rings and sky

What colour will planetary rings made up of dust and rock (not ice) appear to be? Would there be a difference looking from space and from the surface? More importantly, how will the rings affect the ...
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Can there be a moon within a planetary ring?

A simple question, could a moon exist and stay whole if it was inside the ring of asteroids orbiting a planet? And as a side note, would it create a kind of bulge in the ring where the asteroids ...
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Does a planet's axial tilt and seasonal progression affect a planetary-ring system, as seen from the planet surface?

Ok, so I have determined my world can keep it's planetary ring system. YAY! Now I just need to clarify once and for how it would look like from the planet surface. I think I have it worked out, but ...
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How to naturally maintain a Earth-sized Planetary Ring System and the possible periodic bombardment that can ensue?

I need some help with a couple of the planet building theories I’m playing around with. I’ve looked up most of this stuff and can follow the physics if given the time (and instructional tutuorial help ...
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Can I have a planetary liquid or gas ring system?

My space colonists have found a home in the ring system of a (maybe chthonian) gas giant. The rings are based on Saturn's in terms of appearance, but can they be made of gases or liquid (maybe ...
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What motivation would people have for mining planetary rings?

People have proposed mining the moon for Helium-3 and mining asteroids for gold, iridium, and other precious metals. Suppose we have the means to do so in an economically-viable manner. We've got ...
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Effects of Rings: Tides

In my earth-like world, there is one thing that separates it from Earth; this world has a single rocky ring, around 10.3 meters thick, 5(ish) miles wide. In our own world we know that without an ...
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Effects of Rings; Social effects

In my earth-like world, there is one thing that separate it from earth; this world has a single rocky ring, around 10.6 meters thick, 5(ish) miles wide and starts at the outer limits of the atmosphere....
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How can mankind duplicate the rings of Saturn for Earth?

With today's technology could mankind create a system of rings similar to Saturn composed of different masses of water particles and silicate minerals that would freeze? How could mankind accomplish ...
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How to put satellites in orbit on my ringed world?

In my world there are rings, these rings are around 9.5 meters tall and a little around 5000 kilometres wide. Their closest point is a little over 12,000 kilometres away from the surface and under 17,...
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How does a world with rings expand into space

In Artifexians newest video he discusses how you can have a habitable near earth world that still has rings. Fast forwarding to the end of the video, he points out that due to their pull on any ...