A Beautiful Animation Inspired by Carl Sagan's 'Pale Blue Dot'

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16 years after Sagan's death, Joel Somerfield brings the scientist's famous monologue to life with sleek, modern graphics. In just under two minutes, the short video packs a powerful meditation on the scale of all human experience, tiny in the context of our vast universe. The "pale blue dot" is Earth, of course, photographed by Voyager 1 from a distance of about 3.7 billion miles in 1990. Here's that image of Earth, a "mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam:"

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For more work from Joel Somerfield, visit http://www.thisisorder.com/.

Via Joe Hanson. 

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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Saving Central: One High School's Struggle After Resegregation

Meet the students and staff at Tuscaloosa’s all-black Central High School in a short documentary film by Maisie Crow. 


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