The Big Blue Marble

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  1. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    NASA has a new satellite named Suomi NPP. It has taken a new hi-res image of the Earth.

    The image below is a small version of the image. If you want to see the hi-res (ie, very large) version, click here.

    That is where you live. Just floating there in the middle of a vast blackness. :)

  2. casmith07

    casmith07 Attorney-at-Zone

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    Space stuff fascinates me. If I didn't get into the field I'm in, I would have wanted to get into this stuff.
  3. Wimbo

    Wimbo Active Member

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    I'm not a fan of Carl Sagan, but this picture reminds me of something he wrote about a picture of Earth taken by Voyager 1 from billions of miles away, showing it as a "pale blue dot" among the stars...

    Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
    The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
    Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
    The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
    It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known. "
    -- Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994
  4. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Backwoods Sexy Staff Member

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    It is a pretty wild image. I mean it does not even look real, it looks like it was photoshopped.
  5. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    I am a huge fan of Carl Sagan and that is one awesome quote of profound depth. Being a Cosmic junkie, I have thought of similar things before I first saw this quote, but never to the depth that he took it.

    My admiration of Sagan isn't because he was a scientist or a cosmologist following my own heart. It was his perspective that made me a fan. He was a great man of wisdom.
  6. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    Well, it is real though it is not what is referred to as "true color". The images are usually taken in black and white and enhanced with color to give the most information. (sort of like the way infrared image color changes gives information about surface level temperature) Though they do try to use colors that closest match true color.
  7. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg That gum you like.

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    That is an amazing quote.
  8. Route 66

    Route 66 Well-Known Member

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    There's no way this is real. I can't find my house.
  9. SaltwaterServr

    SaltwaterServr Blank Paper Offends Me

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    You got to zoom in reaaaaaally close, unless you live in Europe. Then you need to zoom in, but stand behind your monitor so you can see the other side.
  10. Temo

    Temo Well-Known Member

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