With so much light pollution obscuring the beauty of the cosmos, it’s easy to feel like the Earth has a finite ceiling. The uniform night sky gives the illusion of a stationary planet but what if nebuale could be seen every night? Hashem AL-ghaili from SciTech produced this amazing video to visualize how nebulae can remind us of our star dust origins.
What If Other Planets Were Visible From Earth?
We previously shared a video that simulated how each planet would appear in space if it shared an orbit with the moon, 380,000 kms from earth. Now, you can get a visual idea of how this concept would look on earth from this series of videos edited by Yeti Animation.
If the Moon Were Replaced with Other Planets (Day)
Mercury is intentionally left off as it isn’t Much bigger than our Moon (and hence is boring). Everything is correctly scaled. The Axial tilts are not particularly accurate. The moon that flies in front of Saturn is Tethys, it is tiny but very close.
I created an Earth Moon system in 3dsmax, with accurate sizes and accurate orbital distances.. I than matched video of the real Moon with my video camera, against my model. I next modeled up the rest of the planets in proper scale (Real values) set at the distance of the moon (also real values), created the animation of them rotating around, and composited the whole bunch.
1. We would not be engulfed by Jupiter or any other planet, Jupiter’s radius is 71,490 km and the distance to the Moon is 384,000km
2. Saturn is not larger than Jupiter. Saturn + RINGS is larger than Jupiter
3. We would suffer from really really horrible tides, and Volcanoes And some pretty bad Radiation from Jupiter. It *could* strip away our atmosphere, but haven’t done the math. Eventually our planet would become tidally locked (that is the same side of Earth would always face Jupiter. we would Still have some bad tides and volcanoes from being in a slightly ellipitical orbit, and from the other moons of Jupiter, and the Sun having tidal influence. I have not calculated how bad the Tides would be. A Simple guess would be at Least 300 times more exaggerated than they are now, This figure could be way off, it’s simply an educated guess.
4. We would not be in the rings of Saturn. Or to rephrase that, we would not be in any of the Visable rings of Saturn, There are some very very faint rings that strech out far that we would be in, but i did not model them.
5. We would not be crushed by the Gravity of Jupiter, This is not how orbiting works!.
However, at the Roche limit, we WOULD become a new ring system, The Roche limit is *about* 36,000km above the “surface” of Jupiter or 106,000km from the center of Jupiter. So, to reiterate if the center of Jupiter was 106,000km away from the center of the earth, Our planet would become a new Ring system of Jupiter.
6. I did not model the Ring of debris around Uranus (this faq will be deleted in a few days)
7. This is not an ad for any beer company, no one has endorsed me, or this animation, It’s just the traffic that drove by.
8. There is Ring Shine on Saturn, but it is very faint, the Rings are reflecting light onto Saturn in the animation. The moon that flies by is Tethys
9. I love Pluto, and Mercury. They are left off because they are too small. Pluto is smaller than our Moon, and Mercury is not significantly larger than our Moon.
10. The “Sun” i used for lighting the planets is slightly off from reality, this was done so that they weren’t totally dark and boring
11. FOV is about 47 degrees
12. Orbiting! Yes! we would be a moon of Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune. They are much more massive than the Earth. Venus is about the same size of the Earth and we would orbit around a center point between us
13. Rotation rates and axial tilts are not accurate to anything
14. Radius of the Sun is 695,500 km, and hence if it were where our Moon is, we would be engulfed by it
If the Moon Were the Same Distance as the International Space Station
If the Moon Were Replaced with Other Planets (Night)