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PostSubject: Wow...   Mon May 31, 2010 11:38 am

This shows a size comparison between the Earth and the planets in our solar system, as well as the sun compared to other stars in our galaxy. Prepare to feel small. (Click page to enlarge.)

Our local galaxy
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PostSubject: Re: Wow...   Mon May 31, 2010 12:37 pm

YA, WOW. I do believe the sun is really that big, because its so hot today. We are in the 90's and its 11:30 a.m. now.




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PostSubject: Re: Wow...   Tue Jun 01, 2010 8:59 am

That is really cool. Sure does put it all into perspective, huh?! Yikes I just showed this to the hubby and sent it to my dad---they're both crazy about astronomy. My kids are too....Nick is thinking about becoming an astonomer. An astronomer? Really?!
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PostSubject: Re: Wow...   Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:31 am

Wow. That's amazing, isn't it?? Thanks for posting that, Rob - very cool!
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PostSubject: Re: Wow...   Tue Jun 01, 2010 12:21 pm

I... feel... so small!!! thud

That is really amazing though...


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PostSubject: Re: Wow...   Tue Jun 01, 2010 12:48 pm

Wow Rob, this is really amazing!! Thanks so much for posting the pics. We're not even a dot in some of the pics. thud



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PostSubject: Re: Wow...   Tue Jun 01, 2010 5:23 pm

I've always been an astronomy nut, too. Amy, how cool that Nick might become an astronomer!

This is one of my favorite space photos. In 1990, as the space probe Voyager 1 was about to leave the solar system, it turned around and took one last picture of its home planet, nearly 4 billion miles away. That little speck in the vertical band of refracted sunlight on the right... that's Earth.



The astronomer Carl Sagan said this about the photo:

From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of particular interest. But for us, it's different.

Consider again 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.
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PostSubject: Re: Wow...   Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:44 am

WOW, I can see why that's one of your favorites, Rob. And to think, it was taken the year my son was born! Thumbsup I love the words written by Carl Sagan. It certainly does put things into perspective, doesn't it? yes

I sent that link to my dad and he thought it was amazing too. Thanks for sharing, Rob! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Wow...   Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:44 am

I'll tell you something, I don't know how anyone looks at that and believes it all happened as a result of some explosion. How can anyone view a photo like that and not believe in an all-knowing, all powerful Creator?


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PostSubject: Re: Wow...   Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:21 am

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PostSubject: Re: Wow...   Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:37 am

bethandmanly wrote:
I'll tell you something, I don't know how anyone looks at that and believes it all happened as a result of some explosion. How can anyone view a photo like that and not believe in an all-knowing, all powerful Creator?

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PostSubject: Re: Wow...   Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:01 pm

Amy wrote:
I sent that link to my dad and he thought it was amazing too. Thanks for sharing, Rob! Smile

Very welcome, Amy!
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