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

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

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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