Pale Blue Dot

Perhaps our planet, this beautiful pale blue dot,

is part of a distant civilization’s constellation.

I’m comforted thinking that a child there

points at us in awe and thinks

there is a heaven, a better place.

“Pale Blue Dot” is the name given to a photograph of planet Earth taken in 1990 by the Voyager 1 space probe from a record distance of about 6 billion kilometers (3.7 billion miles) from Earth, as it was leaving the Solar System. Carl Sagan asked NASA to turn its camera around to take one last photograph of our planet.

Sagan’s 1994 book was titled, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space.
read an excerpt of what he said about it



Earth Day

I remember the first Earth Day 1970.

College students and schoolchildren in spring sunshine,

peaceful demonstrations, environmental reform, raising American consciousness.

The largest secular world holiday to celebrate

this well-provisioned Spacehip Earth, sailing through space.



“Spaceship Earth” – an “Earthrise” photo taken by Apollo 8 crew member Bill Anders on December 24, 1968, showing the Earth seemingly rising above the lunar surface. Note that this phenomenon is only visible from someone in orbit around the Moon. Because of the Moon’s synchronous rotation about the Earth (i.e., the same side of the Moon is always facing the Earth), no Earthrise could actually be observed by a stationary observer on the surface of the Moon.