Thursday, August 26, 2010

Some Perspective ...

The Earth (and its moon) as viewed from 114 million miles away. ... That’s not even “deep space.” In fact, cosmically speaking, this is not even beyond our stellar neighborhood. The next closest solar system to ours, Alpha Centauri, is 4.2 light years away. (A light year equals approximately 5.8 TRILLION miles .... you do the math!) This picture of the Earth and its faithful consort is taken from somewhere in that celestial wasteland between Venus (37 million miles away) and Jupiter (240 million miles away) – Hey, it’s not easy dodging all those rocks out there! In essence, that’s like snapping a picture of your house (and shed) from the corner of the Green’s and the Brown’s yards two houses down the street!

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