Earth from space, a pale blue dot

September 21, 2011 by Joshua
in Awareness, Blog, Nature

If you read this blog for unique ideas from me, they don’t come from nowhere. Their deepest foundation comes probably from the beauty I find in nature, a main reason I studied physics, which I consider the foundation of our understanding of nature.

A science educator, James Drake, created this video — a time-lapse of publicly available images — a perspective of our world vastly different from our usual perspectives about our lives. I find it beautiful. You may want to click on the YouTube logo to watch it full-screen there. His blog has many images of Earth from space.

A small comment: I would title it “What does it look like to fly over Earth”. I think the video shows what it looks like more than what it feels like. I’ve seen a lot of images of Earth from space, but I don’t think I can imagine what it would feel like out there — from feeling the zero G to the view I don’t think I can conjure the feelings being there and seeing that with my own eyes would evoke.

One of Carl Sagan’s masterpieces fits here too — Pale blue dot:

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