Jan 28, 2012

The Very Sentimental Side of Astronomy

earth seen from a distance
(click to enlarge)
There is one photo that continues to awe me every time I look at it. It's the "family portrait" of the Solar System, taken by Voyager 1 on its interstellar journey. You can see a lot of the planets in our system here, and that includes our planet too.
It's just a tiny dot that you can't even see unless you enlarge it, and you might never even find it, had you been not told about it.

But to us, the dot is everything. It's the one place where all of us are born, and the place where most of us (except for a lucky few who became astronauts, but even they can only go so far. ) live our whole lives on. But from deep space, that is"everything"turns into just a few pixels of grayish-white drowning in a black backdrop/ .

It just makes us realize how tiny and powerless we are.

It feels even weirder to think, that always above our heads, an infinite amount of space stretches across. It makes everyday life seem mediocre when you think about it.

Just try it; it will make you think that flopping last week's exam was not a big deal at all. Or it might make Mondays more bearable, since your reluctance to go to work or school is nothing, nothing at all in this picture.

It will change your attitude forever.

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