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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|by Anonymous||reply 47||07/24/2013|
We're all losers. Me. Shakespeare. Equally meaningless.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||07/22/2013|
Yeah, that's the lesson to take from that, R2.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||07/22/2013|
Why don't we have rings? Or do we?
|by Anonymous||reply 4||07/22/2013|
I hope our rings are made of space-cheese.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||07/22/2013|
Why can't our planet have rings? We'd be the prettiest planet in the solar system.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||07/23/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||07/23/2013|
R9, which one is the prettiest now?
|by Anonymous||reply 11||07/23/2013|
God is angry because two men on that speck are having sex with each other.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||07/23/2013|
Come OD next to me R2. Who needs this shit? We're meaningless!
|by Anonymous||reply 13||07/23/2013|
Yet you remember my name, 400 years on.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||07/23/2013|
I think the pictures are kind of peaceful. I find great comfort in being insignificant, it means my problems aren't that big either.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||07/23/2013|
The earth surrounded by nothing but darkness, floating in it. Yikes.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||07/23/2013|
What did you people expect it to look like??
|by Anonymous||reply 18||07/23/2013|
Saturn don't look so hot from here...
|by Anonymous||reply 20||07/23/2013|
I can see that friggin royal baby...
|by Anonymous||reply 21||07/23/2013|
The Earth and the Moon are SO tiny.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||07/23/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||07/23/2013|
Aren't all pictures like looking back in time??
|by Anonymous||reply 24||07/23/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||07/23/2013|
I never thought of it that way, R24, but yes, you're absolutely right.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||07/23/2013|
Earth has no rings because no one liked it enough to put a ring on it.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||07/23/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||07/23/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||07/23/2013|
Look closely. Is that crimson hue the US red states or Donald Trump's scalp?
|by Anonymous||reply 30||07/23/2013|
I guess I've always figured the moon was far away from earth.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||07/23/2013|
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?
|by Anonymous||reply 32||07/23/2013|
Girls, girls, you're both pretty.
Besides, our planet is the only blue one. So there.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||07/23/2013|
I thought Neptune was blue.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||07/23/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||07/23/2013|
Gayle!! Find out where this picture was taken and with what equipment. Buy it. We're going to use it from now on.
Damn, I look THIN in that photo. I look good!
|by Anonymous||reply 36||07/23/2013|
We're an unremarkable star towards the outer edges of our galaxy.
In other words, meh.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||07/23/2013|
In the comment section on the LA Times website someone mistook the white arrow pointing to Earth as a big meteor.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||07/23/2013|
Yay! New desktop wallpaper!
|by Anonymous||reply 39||07/23/2013|
"We're an unremarkable star towards the outer edges of our galaxy."
Better than being in the center of our galaxy...
|by Anonymous||reply 40||07/23/2013|
R32 Our noise is only a little more than 100 light years out now. Once it reaches more populated turf, we may get some company.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||07/23/2013|
Erm, can anyone see Edward Snowden?
|by Anonymous||reply 42||07/24/2013|
No, R42, but his neck mole is clearly visible.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||07/24/2013|
Saturn is saying "Gross, that's where Rosie O'Donnell lives".
|by Anonymous||reply 46||07/24/2013|
How about you finish with me first since you know even less about me? I'm right here ya know!
|by Anonymous||reply 47||07/24/2013|