THE COMMON OBSERVER UNCOMMON OBSERVATIONS

Pale Blue Dot

Carl Sagan penned these words while pondering over a photograph of Earth taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft when it was 6 billion kilometers from Earth. Out of context these words take on strange meaning,

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.

At that distance Earth was merely a fraction of a pixel in the image set against the stark vastness of space. So steal yourself away from your personal tribulations to accept the fact that you are a speck of dust floating in sunlight. Yet also accept that the insignificance of everything about the pale blue dot we call earth is, as far as we yet know, utterly unique.

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