This image shows a night image of the Florida peninsula taken on Oct. 31, 2010 by one of the Expedition 25 crew members aboard the International Space Station. Both the Gulf and Atlantic coasts are visible in the scene, which includes the Florida “Panhandle” and part of the Georgia coast.
Hubble Harvests Distant Solar System Objects
Beyond the orbit of Neptune reside countless icy rocks known as trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs). One of the biggest, Pluto, is classified as a dwarf planet. The region also supplies us with comets such as famous Comet Halley. Most TNOs are small and receive little sunlight, making them faint and difficult to spot.
From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of particular interest. But for us, it’s different. 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
Full night and full horizon (360º) night time lapse movie of ESO-Paranal observatory (Chile) during observations. Laser guide star used for adaptive optics is visible. Note that the Laser Guide Star beam is “straight” in normal life, it seems bended here because of the distortion due to the projection used to make this movie from a high quality fish eye movie.