Photo from NASABy way of marking my 50th blog post, I thought I would get a little deep. If anyone out there is reading this, then I guess you, like me, enjoy the natural world in all its bewildering complexity and beauty, from tiny details of form and behaviour to grand landscapes and skies. Engrossed in the detail, its easy to forget the universal perspective.
I was stunned into silence a few months ago when I heard, for the first time, a 1994 recording of the late Carl Sagan talking about a photograph taken of Earth by the Voyager spacecraft in 1990 when it was 4 billion miles away on its way out of the solar system. Having been mesmerised by his Royal Institution Christmas TV lectures in 1977, inspired by his Cosmos tv series and impressed by his writings, I cannot understand how this wonderful piece passed me by.
If you missed it too, you can listen to it here (just ignore the cheesy Cosmos background music!)
And if you can't spot the earth in the photo above go to the NASA site where there is a higher resolution TIFF format picture.
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