What if We Had a Planet Instead of a Moon?

What if we had Saturn instead of the Moon?

In place of the Moon, the rings of Saturn would stretch across our horizon.

The Moon is a spectacular, if not all too familiar landmark of our night sky. For artist and author Ron Miller, it’s also inspiration for some compelling science art.

The Minnesota-based Miller created several beautiful pictures of the night skyline, replacing the Moon with one of the planets cohabiting our solar system with Earth. Miller does the calculations to keep the distance from Earth to the satellite’s surface constant (238,857 miles), while filling the sky with the appropriate amount of planetary mass. He speculates, too, on what that new neighbor might do to our nocturnal experience, from brightening the night or bathing us with deadly radiation. Saturn is the most dazzling, with rings stretching across the horizon.

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About Kevin Makice

Kevin is finishing up a Ph.D. at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing while working on @SociaLens, a Midwest startup. His new book is Digital Fluency: Building Success in the Digital Age. He's a secret identity waiting for a superhero.

About Kevin Makice

Kevin is finishing up a Ph.D. at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing while working on @SociaLens, a Midwest startup. His new book is Digital Fluency: Building Success in the Digital Age. He's a secret identity waiting for a superhero.

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