Tuesday, July 23, 2013

For a little perspective

See that little white dot in the lower right of the above photograph?  That is the Earth.  That is you, me, and everyone we know. All of humanity, in fact, with all its attendant joys and sorrows. I'd say the only thing the image really needs is an arrow placed over the phrase "You are here."

The spacecraft Cassini, which has been circling the planet Saturn since 2004, took the opportunity of a solar eclipse in mid-June to turn its camera homeward and take this portrait of our planet, glimmering some 900 million miles away. Reportedly 20,000 people were cued to wave "hello" in Saturn's general direction at the instant the picture was taken. I think Thornton Wilder might have been able to come up with a play about that - but I'll just post the picture.

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