Earth, as seen from 900 million miles away (with new photos)
Need a little perspective in your life? Take a look at these images of Earth as seen from almost 900 million miles away.
In these new images released by NASA, our planet is dwarfed by Saturn's breathtaking rings, and shows up as just a pale blue dot -- a tiny asterisk beneath Saturn's striking beauty.
The dot is so small, it would seem insignificant if you didn't know you were looking at our own watery home.
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We're all losers. Me. Shakespeare. Equally meaningless.
Yeah, that's the lesson to take from that, R2.
Why don't we have rings? Or do we?
I hope our rings are made of space-cheese.
I love R3.
Saturn is creepy.
Why can't our planet have rings? We'd be the prettiest planet in the solar system.
R9 I would guess we dont have rings because relative to our size, we have a fairly large moon which acts like a giant carpet sweeper, pulling in any objects that would form rings. Also, we are too close to the sun. The rings of Saturn are made mostly of ice.
R9, which one is the prettiest now?
God is angry because two men on that speck are having sex with each other.
Come OD next to me R2. Who needs this shit? We're meaningless!
Yet you remember my name, 400 years on.
Talk about far out!
I think the pictures are kind of peaceful. I find great comfort in being insignificant, it means my problems aren't that big either.
The earth surrounded by nothing but darkness, floating in it. Yikes.
What did you people expect it to look like??
I can see Russia....
Saturn don't look so hot from here...
I can see that friggin royal baby...
The Earth and the Moon are SO tiny.
Its kind of cool to think about it, but by the time these pictures were seen by humans, it was like looking back in time. It took almost ten minutes for the light from earth to reach Saturn, then another almost ten minutes for the signal from the space craft to arrive back at earth.
Aren't all pictures like looking back in time??
Just think of how much there is out there to explore... We will never get bored, with all the things to do in this vast, possibly infinite Universe.
I never thought of it that way, R24, but yes, you're absolutely right.
Earth has no rings because no one liked it enough to put a ring on it.
R24 To some degree yes. Obviously with most pictures you are. But when you get a live feed you are getting something that is very close to the present time. This is only less than 20 minutes, but its still kind of cool.
R22 Whats even cooler is you really see how far the moon is from us. A lot of people mistakenly think the moon is closer than it really is.
Why would aliens even bother to come to earth with so many other places to explore in the universe? You can barely even find earth out there.
Look closely. Is that crimson hue the US red states or Donald Trump's scalp?
I guess I've always figured the moon was far away from earth.
R29, because we've been bombarding space with radio waves and aliens - if they can detect them - may be curious to know from where they're originating?
Girls, girls, you're both pretty.
Besides, our planet is the only blue one. So there.
I thought Neptune was blue.
r23, where did you get the idea it was 10 minutes? It takes nearly 10 minutes for light to get to us from the sun, it takes over an hour for light to get to us from Saturn.