Monday, October 09, 2006

Want to Feel Small?

How about this?It's a picture of Earth taken from Uranus.

Sorry, we just couldn't resist. Actually, it is a picture of earth taken by Voyager I as it was about to leave the solar system - 4 BILLION miles away - in 1991. Earth is just about a single pixel in an otherwise crappy early generation digital photograph. Frankly, we're surprised that anything built by the US Government has actually been running for about 30 years without an upgrade or maintenance.

Anyway, go check out some of the other Top Ten photographs taken of outer space over the past decades. Our inner science geek runs amok.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nelson Munntz says...
HA-ha you said uranus!

10/09/2006 07:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's not Earth, thats the newly installed GPS device on 814, indicating they are now moving out of their assigned beat at Le Claire courts and past the rings of Saturn towards Uranus. Dammit! Log onto and lodge a citizen's complaint!!

10/09/2006 10:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i dont know what is worst, that you posted this or that i went and looked at the photos, going "wow, ooooooo, neato" and such. thank you for showing me and monkey some cool stuff.

10/10/2006 01:45:00 AM  
Anonymous My hands are bananas said...

Excellent different kind of out of this world stuff, SCC. It makes our job here on earth seem so infitestamal. (I think thts how you spell it) Neat pictures, too. Off post though guys and gals, this is also worth mentioning. With Youtube in the news, be careful of those cellphone videos, especially if you are caught drunk doing stupid things. A few pranksters in the CPD have been placing these " videos " on Youtube under various code names and such. (Sometimes it is best just to go home after work). Now that is something making you want to be small. Be safe. What a pleasure your blog is now with the idiot comments to a minimum.

10/10/2006 01:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhh I think this means were insignificant in the realm of space.

10/10/2006 03:56:00 PM  
Blogger Rue St. Michel said...

It is supremely sublime to see those long distance Hubble telescope images. It is amazing that within a 5 x 6 color photograph of a galaxy field, each one of those galaxies contain about 100 billion stars.

Many people say that the experience of seeing all that space makes them feel insignificant in the grand scheme of things. On the contrary, those photos should arouse in you a feeling of connectedness. Carl Sagan said it best when he said,"We are star stuff ... we are made of the same elements as stars." Our bodies are 70% water - so is the earth. Our blood is the exact same salinity as ocean water. Nowadays people dismiss myths and religion as patently false systems which "enlightened" beings justly scorn. Sadly, the ultimate message within mythologies is that there are great energies that operate within the universe. The myths show that those energies operate within us, as well. Myths are public dreams, Dreams are private myths. If we'd get some clarity and useful knowledge from our clergy, instead of constant solicitations for donations, maybe people would start making a pilgrimmage back to their religions. Afterall, the purpose of religion is within the etymology of the word - a "linking back".
Great post ... sometimes you've gotta sit back and skywatch...the star you see may illuminate your own life in some way.

10/10/2006 10:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rue, i would like to read your post again with Floyd playing in the background and a haze in my head. sit back monkey, we are going on a magical journey.

10/11/2006 12:47:00 AM  
Blogger Rue St. Michel said...

"Dark side of the Moon" would be my musical recommendation. It goes well with virtually anything.


10/11/2006 09:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey SCC whoever the hell you are. You do a great job! The site is entertaining and not monotonous. The post on the earth is great. Seeing the earth from that vantage point is awesome. It makes you think and is educational. I hope you're getting some money for all of this!! Last, you always seem to have the inside scoop. The site is professional and doesn't make coppers look bad.

Keep up the good work..Great job!!

10/11/2006 11:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

URANUS? Nah, thats the GPS signal from Alderman Burke's city car being driven up to his place in Wisconsin burning city gas of course. Police drivers, bodyguards, etc. That man has absolutely no shame. A true public parasite!

10/15/2006 10:19:00 AM  

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