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Thinking outside the box and putting things in perspective might help Here’s a little astronomy to help you put this into perspective

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Hubble

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The Hubble telescope is located outside our atmosphere and is orbiting around the Earth at 593 km above sea level with an orbital period of about 96 to 97 minutes at a speed of 28,000 km/h. Its name is in honor of astronomer Edwin Hubble, it was placed in orbit on April 24, 1990. It weighs about 11000 kg in a cylindrical form with a 13,2 m length and a diameter of 4,2 m. This telescope can obtain images of the cosmos at an 0,1 arc second of resolution.

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International Space Station

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View from inside the Space Station

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Hubble’s best

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This is the Sombraro Galaxie also called M104 in Messier’s catalog at a distance of 28 millions light years. This is considered one of the best pictures Hubble took.

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Then we have the Ant’s Nebula so called because of its shape and located 3000 and 6000 light years.

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Then here is the Esquimo Nebula at 5000 light years.

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In fourth place the Cat’s Eye Nebula.

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Fifth place the Hour Glass Nebula located 8000 light years the result of an exploding star.

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In 6th place, we have a part of the Cone Nebula at 2,5 light years

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In Seventh position, we find a protion of the Swan Nebula located 5,500 light years described as an ocean of hydrogen with small quantities of oxygen, sulfur and other elements.

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In 8th place, this beautiful image called “Starry night” And also know as Light Echo.

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In 9th place, two galaxies merging NGC 2207 and IC 2163 located 114 millions light years.

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Tenth place, a fragment of the Trifid Nebula with many stars at 9000 light years.

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Other images from Hubble

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Voyager 1

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Actual position of Voyager 1 (102 AU)

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Dwarft planet in 2003 UB 313 (Eris)

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Halley’s comet

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M16: The Eagle Nebula

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M57: Ring Nebula

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Nebula RCW 79

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NGC 2237: Rosette Nebula

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M42: Orion Nebula

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Proto Star

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Milky Way (our sun is indicated)

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A Black Hole

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NGC 4414

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The Earth with clouds

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The Earth without clouds

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The Earth with a rising moon

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Earth and New Moon

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Earth and full Moon

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Our Sun with its atmosphere

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Sun without its atmosphere

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Venus without its clouds

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Venus with clouds

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Mercury

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Mars

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Orbit of Mars, Phobos and Deimos

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Jupiter

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Jupiter’s moons and their orbits (the first 8, the closest ones)

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Saturn

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Saturn’s orbit and moons

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Uranus

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Uranus and Satellites

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Neptune

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Neptune’s orbit and satellites (without Nereid)

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Neptune’s orbit with Nereid and Triton

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Pluto

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Orbit of Pluto and Charon

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The Milky Way

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Words are escaping us when you discover these monumental pictures of colors and light. The Eagle Nebula or M16 can be found in the Serpent contallation, and it’s like an open window at the centre of a starry night. At the centre, many young stars forming creating a wonderful spectacle of gaseous emissions.

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SHOWING ALL OF THIS IN THIS FASHION IS REALLY FACINATING, DEEPLY MOVING AND DAZZLING.

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Earth Pluto Mars Mercury

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Earth Pluto

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Sun Earth Pluto

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I HOPE THIS HAS ENLIGHTENED YOU . BEYON OUR SUN, THERE IS A VAST UNIVERSE

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Our Sunl Sirius Arturus Jupiter at 1 pixel at the point of the arrow. The Earth is not visible at this scale.

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Antares is the 15th most brilliant star in the night sky. It is located at more then 1000 light years. Sun – 1 pixel Beetlejuice

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AND NOW HOW BIG AND TALL ARE YOU ? AND, ALL THOSE PROBLEMS THAT YOU HAVE TODAY ? WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU SO THAT YOU SQUABBLE ABOUT OR PICK FIGHTS? KEEP YOUR LIFE IN PERSPECTIVE!

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NIGHT LIGHTS

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And then the Sunrise ..

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Wonderful Blue Planet!

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Appreciate your home for one moment! Our children’s heritage!

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Now you will see a picture for those moments when you feel life is overwhelming. When you think your problems are enormous… …and when you think there is a immense difference between the things you do and those you don’t,

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It’s also a picture when you have moments as a human being you think you are powerful and magnificent… You are Homo Sapiens, Master of the creation, At the zenith of your technological power ! And you feel that with the other six billions persons we are … … So far we are unique in this universe.

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And finally… …a picture for those moments when you think the world is so big where you live that it is indestructible. With its great cities, all the oceans, mountain ranges and continents… Invulnerable Planet… …insensitive, with its size and greatness, With our actions as men accomplishing… or not. Insensitive

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Because, Earth has five hundred millions square kilometres of surface! Six thousands quadrillions tons of rocks!... And more then one thousand trillions tons of water!…

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Héla aquí, pues: Contemplate this picture for a few moments. It was taken by the Cassini-Juygens probe, in 2004, when it arrived at the rings of Saturn.

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We are all in this little blue point. All our wars… All our problems... All our greatness and misery…. All our technology, our art, our advances… All our civilizations, all our wildlife and flora... All races, religions… All governments, countries and states... All our love… and hate… Six billions souls in constant agitation…

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If we want, we can take this picture like a lesson in humility… And like a double message: On one hand , how little we are in this universe, with our problems and our differences, when we see them on this scale... But on the other side, how fragile is our planet, And the importance of taking care of this little blue point, …because its the only home we have. It does make you think, no?

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Think about it...

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zartha janv 2009

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SEND THIS MESSAGE TO THOSE YOU KNOW IT MAY HELP THEM TO FEEL BETTER IN CONSIDERING WHAT IS IMPORTANT IN LIFE.

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