Happy New Year

This year, this photo stopped me in my tracks and took my breath away. “This image of Earth (on the left) and the moon (on the right) was taken by NASA’s Juno spacecraft on Aug. 26, 2011, when the spacecraft was about 6 million miles (9.66 million kilometers) away.”

“This is a remarkable sight people get to see all too rarely,” said Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. “This view of our planet shows how Earth looks from the outside, illustrating a special perspective of our role and place in the universe. We see a humbling yet beautiful view of ourselves.”

This is home, folks. It’s all we’ve got right now. Let’s take care of it.

For contrast, scale, and just plain gorgeousness, take a look at Bad Astronomy’s Deep Space Photos of the Year.

Happy 2012!

4 responses to “Happy New Year

  1. We look so lonely. I would have thought stars would show up in the background at least!

  2. Happy New Year, everyone.

  3. Happy New Year to you all. This blog site is always so much fun to visit. I really appreciate the smiles and out right laughter I get from all the input and Meg’s marvelous sense of humor is second to none. Thank you all.

  4. “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars which thou hast ordained; What is man that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man that thou visitest him?” Psalm 8: 3-4
    Great pictures, really puts things in perspective.

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