Over the weekend, Saturn got as close to the Earth as it will get this year—but it's still 1.3 billion kilometers away. But what if Saturn somehow left its orbit and paid us a very close visit? It would look pretty stunning before it destroyed our home planet.
Animator yeti dynamics, also known as Nick, has given us animations that imagine the moon as it would look if it orbited Earth from the distance of the International Space Station and if it were a mirrored disco ball. Here, he gives us a striking view of a Saturn flyby, showing the relative size and brightness of the gas giant at different distances, as well as how the Earth's shadow would fall on Saturn and how Saturn would eventually eclipse the sun.