A visual response to Carl Sagan's famed 'Pale Blue Dot' monologue, where he muses on our planet's appearance in a photograph taken by the Voyager 1 space probe. The most distant photograph ever taken of Earth.

A personal project designed and created in After effects with extensive sound work created in addition to the music from Cosmos and spoken word from Sagan. Have wanted to bring visuals to something by Sagan for some time and finished this after working on it periodically over the last 3 months. (Edit: Now with added grammar!)
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Comment by archaeopteryx on December 10, 2012 at 2:06pm

As is, it would appear, everything you do in a graphic medium, great work, Marc!

Comment by Marc Poulin on December 10, 2012 at 2:22pm

Oh shit, I didn't make this. I wish I could take credit for it, but I just found it. The description came from the embed code. 

Sorry if this mislead anyone else.

Comment by Dale Headley on December 10, 2012 at 5:42pm

Sal Khan, on “The Khan Academy,” has a series of videos dedicated to trying to help people visualize the sheer size of the Solar System, the Milky Way, and the entire universe.  Bottom line: it’s really beyond the ability of the human mind to actually grasp the immensity of the known universe.  No matter how huge you imagine it, it is way bigger than that.

33 years ago, the Voyager spacecraft left Earth to explore Saturn and beyond.  Traveling at about 38,000 mph, it is only now reaching the outermost regions of the Solar System.

If you took off from Earth in our fastest jetliner, headed toward the Sun, it would take 17 years to reach it.  

If that same jetliner continued on toward the NEAREST star to us, it would take 88,000 years to reach it.

And if you set of to explore other galaxies, it is folly to even attempt to imagine how long it would take. 

And yet, flying saucer dimwits believe that these space aliens, who look like us, are making regular round trips to locations unimaginably distant from us.  To put it succinctly: there are no such things as flying saucers from another civilization in space because it is as IMPOSSIBLE as God!

And that brings me to Carl Sagan.  I had great admiration for him, especially because he brought science to the consciousness of millions of Americans.  And his description of the Earth as being a "pale blue dot" was probably the most apt description, ever, because that is what we are: a tiny dot in an incomprehensibly vast universe.  But Sagan, himself, had a quasi-religious faith that we could and some day would contact intelligent life in the cosmos.  Won’t ever happen!  

Comment by archaeopteryx on December 10, 2012 at 5:53pm

@Marc - it could have been this that led me astray:

A personal project designed and created in After effects with extensive sound work created in addition to the music from Cosmos and spoken word from Sagan. Have wanted to bring visuals to something by Sagan for some time and finished this after working on it periodically over the last 3 months.

Comment by archaeopteryx on December 10, 2012 at 6:01pm

@Dale - I have great respect for your wisdom and knowledge, but less than a couple of centuries ago, people were saying that if Man were meant to fly, god would have given us wings, and my own father said we would never get to the moon, god wouldn't let us.

I'm generally very cautious about using the terms, "always" and "never."

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