Some Perspective-Do You See The Dot?

Our Pale Blue Home from 6 Billion Light Years Away

Comment by Royal red on February 2, 2014 at 7:25am

Its so pretty isn't it? To see how little really are inside this world.

It seems so odd to look at that.

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on February 2, 2014 at 5:56pm

Comment by Davis Goodman on February 2, 2014 at 11:03pm

Does anyone have a telescope? Have you seen Saturn with rings and a couple moons?

Comment by Gallup's Mirror on February 3, 2014 at 12:54am

When I first read Carl Sagan's moving words about this image, his message about perspective reminded me, of all things, the Dr. Suess story Horton Hears a Who.

Horton the Elephant is persecuted for his unique perspective that a world of people exists on a speck. His detractors nearly destroy that world in their ignorance of it, spurred on by Horton's desperate struggle to protect it. The people of Horton's speck-world manage to save themselves by realizing the truth of their imminent destruction and uniting into one powerful voice.

I hope the ignorance and struggles in our speck-world have similarly happy endings.

Comment by Matthew on February 8, 2014 at 12:45am

@Davis Goodman I have a NexStar 8SE. Generally for planetary viewing you need high magnification. for Saturn i generally use 25x zoom to target in Saturn and move my way up to 120x using a 2x Barlow lense with a 20mm eyepiece. You can see the rings okay with 25x zoom, Galileo observed "ears" on Saturn with only 7x. I can get Saturn to take up about 1/8th of my field of view at 120x. I can't see Saturn's "moons" since theyre quite tiny :)

Comment by IkeArrumba on February 9, 2014 at 1:59pm

6 Billion light years!???? How about 144 million miles.

Comment by MikeLong on February 9, 2014 at 3:35pm

Does anyone know why there would be "stripes" in space?

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