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« on: July 24, 2013, 09:35:51 AM »

I'm recreating a post I made on facebook here but I though it's worth sharing again.
The image reminded me off what Sagan wrote about the blue pale dot, and reading it again is so moving I'm posting it here again.



"From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it's different. Consider again that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity – in all this vastness – there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known, so far, to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment, the Earth is where we make our stand. It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."
—Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space, 1997 reprint, pp. xv–xvi
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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2013, 09:42:13 AM »

Which one is it?
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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2013, 10:16:12 AM »

If you scroll the image over to the right, there’s an arrow in the bottom quarter pointing it out.

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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2013, 10:23:48 AM »

Here is a nice wallpaper with Sagan's words.
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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2013, 14:53:31 PM »

If you scroll the image over to the right, there’s an arrow in the bottom quarter pointing it out.

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Ah! Thank you! I didn't notice the scroll bar.
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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2013, 15:18:00 PM »

If you scroll the image over to the right, there’s an arrow in the bottom quarter pointing it out.

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Ah! Thank you! I didn't notice the scroll bar.

Saturn is really big you know, you need scroll bars. ;p
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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2013, 15:39:14 PM »

… or you can tell the forum hosting software to resize your image by including the “width=” and/or “height=” attributes in the image BB code:
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[img width=width_in_pixels]http://imageURL/pic.ext[/img]

If you give only a width or only a height, the aspect ratio is preserved.  If you give both, the aspect ratio will be according to the width:height specified.

Here it is at a width of 640 pixels & centred:


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