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Illustrator and author Ron Miller specializes in, among other things, incredible visualizations of other worlds. He has rendered the surface of Titan, peered into black holes for Discover magazine, and designed a Pluto stamp that is currently hurtling toward the far reaches of our solar system aboard the New Horizons spacecraft. Now, Miller brings his visualizations back to Earth for a series exploring what our skies would look like with Saturn's majestic rings. Miller strived to make the images scientifically accurate, adding nice touches like orange-pink shadows resulting from sunlight passing through the Earth's atmosphere. He also shows the rings from a variety of latitudes and landscapes, from the U.S. Capitol building to Mayan ruins in Guatemala.

We'll start with Washington, D.C. and work south.

Rings over Washington D.C.
Ron Miller

Rings over Washington D.C.

From Washington, D.C., the rings only fill a portion of the sky, but appear striking nonetheless. Here, we see them at sunrise.

Rings from Guatemala
Ron Miller

Rings from Guatemala

From Guatemala, only 14 degrees above the equator, the rings begin to stretch across the horizon. Their reflected light makes the moon much brighter.

Saturn's rings from Earth's equator
Ron Miller

Saturn's rings from Earth's equator

From Earth's equator, Saturn's rings are visible edge-on, appearing as a thin, bright line bisecting the sky.

Equinox at the equator
Ron Miller

Equinox at the equator

At the March and September equinoxes, the Sun is positioned directly over the rings, casting a dramatic shadow at the equator.

Tropic of Capricorn, midnight
Ron Miller

Tropic of Capricorn, midnight

At midnight at the Tropic of Capricorn, which sits at 23 degrees south latitude, the Earth casts a shadow over the middle of the rings, while the outer portions remain lit.

Gallery assembled by Jason Davis for the Planetary Society.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 1st, 2015 05:34 pm (UTC)
So cool! Thanks for sharing
Dec. 1st, 2015 05:44 pm (UTC)
Wow!!! That's incredible!! :D
Dec. 1st, 2015 11:52 pm (UTC)
That's beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
Dec. 2nd, 2015 04:21 pm (UTC)
Wow wow wow. That's terrific.

Dec. 2nd, 2015 05:04 pm (UTC)
That's so cool!
Dec. 4th, 2015 02:16 am (UTC)
Heh, yeah, I can't think of anything to say other than to repeat, "Wow, that is so cool!!" And it is. So, WOW can't be said too often!
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