There’s no place like home

A visible jubilee of the home planet, starting with a viewpoint from Earth as seen from Saturn — 870 million miles divided — and zooming in close

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In this image, acquired by a Cassini booster usually this past Apr 12th, a rings of Saturn browbeat a view. But see that tiny white dot? That’s home — 870 million miles away.

On a morning of a initial Earth Day, on Apr 20th, 1970, a crony and we boarded a IRT transport line in Brooklyn and headed for Manhattan. Our destination: Fifth Avenue, where New York City’s festivities were to take place.

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Source: NASA

I don’t remember ever carrying listened a term “home planet” behind then. Yet a simple idea already had good currency, interjection to a iconic picture of a Earth rising above a prong of a moon, shot by Apollo 8 wanderer William Anders on Christmas Eve of 1968. The late and good landscape photographer Galen Rowell is pronounced to have described it as  “the many successful environmental sketch ever taken.”

In fact, it competence good be one of a many critical photographs ever taken, period. That’s since it helped us comprehend that we humans live on a calculable planet, “spaceship earth,” as some called it, and that if we didn’t take care, we could tainted it over repair.

As Apollo 8 wanderer Jim Lovell put it in a live broadcast from lunar orbit:

The immeasurable loneliness is grand and it creates we comprehend usually what we have behind there on Earth.

While roving a sight to Manhattan on that morning of a initial Earth Day, we was a tiny 14 years old. The word “excited” doesn’t unequivocally hold how we felt about a awaiting of  participating in a constructive, uplifting, unifying event. This, after many years of divisiveness and assault surrounding America’s appearance in a Viet Nam War, still ongoing during a time.

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Coverage of a initial Earth Day in a N.Y. Times book of Apr 22, 1970.

After rising from a transport and walking over to Fifth Avenue, we were dumbfounded by what we found: a sea of amiability relocating in waves down a avenue. There were hippies and activists enjoying a same passionate mood as suit-clad businessmen. There were secretaries and construction workers too, along with aged folks, families with babies in strollers, and junior-high-schoolers like myself.  The throng was mostly, though not entirely, white.

The subsequent day, this is how a conspicuous event, distinguished opposite a United States, was described by mythological N.Y. Times contributor Joseph Lelyveld:

Huge, jaunty throngs ambled down autoless streets here yesterday as a city determined Earth Day’s call for a metamorphosis of a soiled sourroundings by celebrating an generous sermon of spring.

If a sourroundings had any enemies they did not make themselves known. Political leaders, bureaucratic departments and companies hastened to line adult in a ranks of those emotional for a clean, quiet, fume-free city.

For dual hours, solely for crosstown traffic, a internal-combustion engine was barred from Fifth Avenue between 59th and 14th Streets; a usually wheeled car to do down a entrance during this duration was a horse-drawn cart carrying members of a Harlem retard association.

Now it’s 47 years later, and a bipartisan accord on environmental insurance that has endured all these decades is fraying. But my primary ground in putting together this post is not political. Rather, it’s celebratory. We’ve come so unequivocally distant in what has unequivocally been a unequivocally brief camber of time, in partial since many of us have come to see Earth for what it is: a home planet, a usually one.

So let’s celebrate! — with constrained images of this pleasing heavenly body.

We’ve already started with a conspicuous image at a tip of this post. It shows Earth as a small white speck, as seen by a Cassini booster from 870 million miles away. we feel that it kind of puts things in correct perspective.

What follows are other views, taken from gradually closer vantage points. Some, like a initial one below, I’ve published before here during ImaGeo. Others I’ve found while perusing NASA’s smashing Earth Day Image Gallery feature.

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This picture of Earth was acquired by a DSCOVR booster when it was 975,074 miles from Earth on 7/21/2016. Bluish-gray wildfire fume over Siberia can be seen within a circled area. Make certain to click a picture to open it in a new window, and afterwards click on it again to increase it. (Source: NASA)

I published this arresting image behind on Jul 22, 2017.  It is one of a most clicked-on posts here during ImaGeo, presumably since people are intrigued by a idea of a wildfire so vast that it can be seen from almost a million miles away.

SEE: A sweeping of fume from fires in Siberia is so outrageous it can be seen from scarcely 1 million miles divided in space

 

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The home planet, as by a GOES-16 continue satellite. (Source: NASA)

We’ve now zoomed in many closer to Earth — geostationary orbit, that is 22,300 miles above a surface. This overwhelming picture is indeed a mosaic of mixed images acquired by a GOES-16 continue satellite on on Jan. 15, 2017. It’s a initial full-disk viewpoint of Earth from a new satellite. Launched on Nov. 19, 2016, GOES-16 is designed to provide continual imagery and windy measurements of Earth’s Western Hemisphere. we initial published it here during ImaGeo on Feb. 9, 2017.

SEE: With a new GOES-16 satellite, Earth has never looked some-more stunningly pleasing from space

 

Home Planet

Source: NASA

Moving closer to Earth still, we’re now saying a false-color view from circuit 518 miles above Earth. This is a combination done with images acquired on Feb. 8 2016 by a Suomi-NPP satellite. With impediment tone enhancements, it reveals a formidable placement of phytoplankton along a western seashore of North America.

These waters, partial of a California Current system, are among a many biologically prolific in a world. This is thanks in vast part to upwelling that brings cool, nutrient-dense waters adult from a depths. These conditions foster a expansion of plant life in a sea, from small phytoplankton to unenlightened kelp forests.

You can consider of phytoplankton as a weed of a seas, with zooplankton — small animals that feed on them — portion as a cows. The zooplankton, in turn, are consumed by fish, that are eaten by seals, that themselves are gobbled by torpedo whales. And these several species are usually some of a components of a formidable food web that has during a center the primary producers: phytoplankton.

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The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this picture of a vast phytoplankton freshness usually south of Iceland on Jun 3, 2016. (Source: NASA Worldview)

Here’s another picture of phytoplankton, this one prisoner by NASA’s Terra satellite in an circuit 433 miles high, a diminutive bit closer to a aspect than Suomi-NPP. we published this one behind on Jun 6, 2016. This freshness off Iceland is standard of distant northern waters, where an explosion of small plant life in open provides a living for whole sea ecosystems — in some regions all a approach adult to a frigid bears.

SEE: eARTh: The North Atlantic Ocean comes alive in pleasing blue and immature swirls of painterly phytoplankton

 

Landsat-8 satellite picture of a segment encompassing a new Bears Ears National Monument, combined underneath a Antiquities Act by President Barack Obama on Dec. 28, 2016.

Landsat-8 satellite picture of a segment encompassing a new Bears Ears National Monument, combined underneath a Antiquities Act by President Barack Obama on Dec. 28, 2016.

We’re still a bit some-more than 430 miles above Earth, this time enjoying a viewpoint of what is now Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah. I indeed combined this image using tender information collected by a Landsat-8 satellite on Nov 11, 2016. And we initial published it on Dec. 29, 2016, a day after former President Barack Obama announced a area a inhabitant monument.

Its predestine is unclear. Utah’s Republican lawmakers are propelling a Trump administration to revoke the designation of a sovereign land as a inhabitant monument. (It’s misleading either this would be legally permissible.)

SEE: As seen from space: a dedicated lands of Bears Ears — now stable as a inhabitant monument

 

Home planet

Source: NASA

Although a viewpoint is zoomed behind out again, we’re still during about a same tallness above a home universe as a prior 3 images. You’ve substantially seen images like this of Earth during night as seen from space. But this one, gathered regulating information from a Suomi-NPP satellite, is flattering many code new (published by NASA on Apr 12th). we consider it’s also unequivocally special.

To see why, make certain to click on a image, and afterwards click again. You’ll wizz in genuine close. When we do, explore. It’s unequivocally cool! For sum about how a picture was created, check out this NASA feature: New Full-hemisphere Views of Earth during Night.

 

Screenshot from a gathering of ultra-high clarification time-lapses of a halo borealis shot from a International Space Station. (Video: NASA)

Screenshot from a gathering of ultra-high clarification time-lapses of a halo borealis shot from a International Space Station. (Video: NASA)

Now we’re 249 miles above a aspect of a home planet, aboard a International Space Station and looking down as a intense immature fate of a halo borealis shimmering in Earth’s atmosphere. Make certain to click on a picture to watch an unimaginable timelapse. And also greatfully see this: Take a low dive — visually and scientifically — into a philharmonic of auroras.

The IMAGE satellite prisoner this animation of a halo australis, also called a southern lights, on Sep 11, 2005. The ring of intense auroral light over Antarctica occurred 4 days after a absolute solar light hurled plasma towards a Earth. The IMAGE observations of a halo have been laid over NASA’s satellite-based Blue Marble image. (Source: NASA Earth Observatory)

The IMAGE satellite prisoner this animation of a halo australis, also called a southern lights, on Sep 11, 2005. The ring of intense auroral light over Antarctica occurred 4 days after a absolute solar light hurled plasma towards a Earth. The IMAGE observations of a halo have been laid over NASA’s satellite-based Blue Marble image. (Source: NASA Earth Observatory)

 

Astronaut Scott Kelly shot this sketch of Hurricane Jimena from a International Space Station. In a Tweet on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, he described it as massive. Makes a moon demeanour puny, Kelly wrote. (Source: Scott Kelly/NASA)

Source: Scott Kelly/NASA

Here’s another one from a space station. we adore it since of a Moon, and a viewpoint — upside down for those of us on Earth, though in a zero-g of orbit, there is no such thing, really, as adult or down.

In a photograph, shot by wanderer Scott Kelly, Hurricane Jimena swirls in a Pacific Ocean. In a Tweet on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, Kelly described it as massive. “Makes a moon demeanour puny,” he wrote. The charge appearance as a Category 4 whirly with limit postulated winds of 150 mph on Aug. 29, 2015.

 

This scenery display scarcely a full length of Lake Powell in southern Utah and northern Arizona was photographed by an wanderer aboard a International Space Station, on Sept. 6, 2016. The hire was north of a lake during a time, so south is during a tip left of a image. (Source: NASA Earth Observatory)

Source: NASA Earth Observatory

Photographs shot by astronauts from a space hire are often incredibly dramatic, generally ones shot during an ambiguous angle like this one is. we consider is among a many overwhelming we have ever seen. You unequivocally need to click on it to entirely conclude it.

This monumental image shows scarcely a full length of Lake Powell in southern Utah and northern Arizona. It was photographed by an wanderer aboard a International Space Station, on Sept. 6, 2016. The hire was north of a lake during a time, so south is during a tip left of a image. we have published it here during ImaGeo before, on Feb. 7, 2016.

SEE: Check out this monumental viewpoint of a Colorado Plateau, as seen from a International Space Station

 

The home planet

Source: NASA

We’ve finally arrived behind during a home universe — or during slightest unequivocally tighten to it. This picture was shot from an aircraft drifting over Antarctica’s Bellingshausen Sea in 2014 as partial of Operation Ice Bridge. A tiny hole in a clouds revealed newly shaped sea ice subsequent to an ice berg on a Nov. 5, 2014.

If it weren’t for a iceberg, a patterning and coloring of a ice give a sense of an epitome work of art. Only a iceberg gives a transparent idea that we’re looking during something unequivocally genuine — a pleasing phenomenon of earthy processes on this overwhelming universe we call home.

MORE ABOUT: Apollo, Cassini, DSCOVR, earth, Earth Day, home planet, International Space Station, Landsat-8, Operation Ice Bridge, Suomi NPP, Terra

  • Stunning images indeed, though it contingency be concurred that what is currently described as “environmentalism” has been so totally co-opted by politics.

    “Earth Day” itself was founded on left wing radical politics, it is no co-incidence that a jubilee is on Lenin’s birthday! :)

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    I, who plant tress and take out and arrange my possess garbage. we was out final weekend on a internal open intentional rubbish patrol, park, verges, rivulet cleanup. My CO footprint is minimal.

    But we am called by a loyal believers, all from an immorality shill, to an ignoramus, even mentally deficient and inconstant for doubt a scholarship and their motives.

    There’s positively some-more to this transformation than adore for a planet! :)

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  • You are creation me late for work again with this things :)

    For those with large screens, we advise opening another window for Google Earth, and comparing side by side with a night view.

    Who knew NY and PA and a Appalachians were so unpopulated, and Ecuador of all places was all illuminated adult like a christmas tree?

    Thanks.

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