Twinkle, twinkle little Earth
Venus, Mars, and other planets can appear as “evening stars in our skies, depending on your location and the time of year. On January 31, 2014, Earth played the same role for an earthling on Mars. NASA’s Curiosity rover turned its Mast Camera toward the horizon and snapped this photo of home.
Earth is just barely visible (image top-center-left), just above the dim glow of twilight near the Martian landscape. The image was captured about 80 minutes after sundown on the rover’s 529th day, or sol, on the red planet.
Curiosity and Mars were about 160 million kilometers (99 million miles) from Earth at the time, and the Big Blue Marble or Pale Blue Dot looked more like a faint white speck in this view. However, a human observer with normal vision, if standing on Mars, could easily see Earth and its moon as two distinct “evening stars.”
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/TAMU
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Messier 42, The Orion Nebula
This is a quote from the episode of Cosmos that just aired and probably something I would have said about myself in high school ~lol~
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"Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries." - Carl Sagan, COSMOS
If this video doesn’t get you extremely excited for the revival of the show “Cosmos” tonight, then…we can’t be friends :P In all seriousness, words can’t describe how stoked I am to watch this.