Tuesday, March 15, 2011
See anything of interest in that photo? No? Perhaps you wonder why do I put a grainy, mainly dark nothingness with brown streaks here? Look again....now can you find a bluish dot halfway down the brightest brown streak on the right? Yes?
That 'pale blue dot' is actually Earth, our home. The photo was taken by the Voyager 1 space probe in 1990 from a distance of 6.1 billion kilometers away - basically at the edge of the Solar System. I have seen computer graphics showing how insignificant our home is as compared with the Universe. However this photo actually gives more meaning to me as this is a real photo. At the distance of just 0.06 light-years away, the sphere with 40,000km circumference is reduced to an insignificant dot.
On that pale blue dot is my home; our home.On it we are born. On it are everything we know - everything we love and hate. We walk the surface of the dot with pride, we poison its waters and skies. On it we spill blood all in the name of becoming masters of that small dot; sometimes merely for a fraction of it. In the darkness of space, there are no other dots we can migrate to, a place we can call a new home. So remember, that single dot is our ONLY home....that is all we have got....