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.