Heavenly Bodies

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, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space (watch the short video)

Are you still there? Yeah… I thought so.

11 thoughts on “Heavenly Bodies

  1. Great star trails. The excerpt from Carl Sagan complements them very well. Adding them together reminds me once again that I have a lot to be humble about. Nice work.

  2. Carl Sagan, had a program on Dutch TV, I was glued to the tube. These are fascinating pictures. Almost impossible to do with all the light pollution.
    Once i was in the middle of nowhere in France, there was no difference when I closed my eyes or had my eyes open. I never saw so many stars.

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