The Pale Blue Dot

"Look again at 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." ~Carl Sagan

Earth as seen from Voyager 1 while on the edge of our solar system (approximately 3,762,136,324 miles from home). The pale blue dot in the right-most band of color.

I am completely obsessed with space right now. I'm devouring every documentary I can find on quantum mechanics, space-time fabric, planetary life cycles, the LHC, dark matter, black holes, and everything in between. It's a shame that the lines between science and art cross so infrequently; I want to do something to change that. I'm not sure what yet, but hopefully my Galactic Glass series is a decent start. Maybe I'll turn my living room into a Tom Sachs set. Or maybe I'll just eat alot of freeze-dried food and stare at the stars.

I wonder if you're staring at them too


Anonymous said...

"Can't keep my mind from the circling skies. Tongue-tied and twisted just an earth-bound misfit, I.."
-"Learning to Fly" - Pink Floyd

Space is so freakin psychedelic; it's hard to not be obsessed. We are literally "hauling ass" through space!