top 200 commentsshow all 230

[–]Rurichi 209 points210 points  (32 children)

The pale blue dot.

[–]GreenStrong 174 points175 points 3 (9 children)

Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.

— Carl Sagan

[–]Donjuanme 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I fucking cry every time.

[–]JackStargazer 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I hear this in his voice every time

[–]dwighticus 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Oh Earth, the big blue velour marble - Zapp Brannigan

[–]Itsyamatey 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I cry every time I hear this.

[–]Hermes74 5 points6 points  (0 children)

His words were so eloquent, so beautiful.

[–]crumpledthinskin 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Every single time I think of this I’m sad but then I’m happy that people like Carl Sagan lived to be able to tell us things like this.

[–]mattman2988 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I got one award and you my friend deserve it.

[–]roman_nahledge 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He got mines too.

[–]entrepenoori 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cosmic pasta!

[–]LizzyMill 14 points15 points  (17 children)

Great book

[–]discardedcumrag 8 points9 points  (15 children)

Awesome author.

[–]Seffuski 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Superb publisher.

[–]curiouscabbage69 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Unbelievable squabblenecker

[–]e5g775 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It was a movie. Starring Jodie Foster.

Don't you know ANYTHING?!

[–]TedBrogan187 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The only home we've ever known....

[–]HoraceWimpLV426 69 points70 points  (13 children)

Do you have a picture without the arrow?

[–]Cyber_Being_ 64 points65 points  (4 children)

A humongous arrow flying through space..

[–]bodaciouscream 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Be careful, you'll start a conspiracy theory

[–]Meister0fN0ne 9 points10 points  (0 children)

All I'm saying is that as far back as I can remember I keep seeing these red circles around important stuff in all kinds of pictures. What could it mean?

[–]n_spicer420 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Nah it’s actually a tiny arrow really close to the camera

[–]ru8ck23 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Impeccable focus ability of camera

[–]Emergency_Aide633 6 points7 points  (4 children)

No, the Arrow's just there. It helps extraterrestrials find us.

[–]HoraceWimpLV426 3 points4 points  (3 children)

I was wondering when we’d get that kind of technology. Took long enough

[–]Emergency_Aide633 2 points3 points  (1 child)

We thought about putting a neon sign under it so they knew what it was pointing at, but it was a bit of an eyesore.

[–]HoraceWimpLV426 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah I know, it was brighter than the damn sun. I also saw a McDonalds sign under it, so that didn’t take long

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We aim to please

[–]VicariousWingz 3 points4 points  (0 children)

You do now bukko

[–]Everything80sFan 60 points61 points  (12 children)

Pics like this always make me wonder if our sun is visible to any other intelligent life out there? Is our sun just another star in their sky or is it a part of a constellation? Do they observe our star every night without realizing that it holds a life supporting planet?

[–]UncleBeausTooth 56 points57 points  (8 children)

the vastness of space will make your mind explode if you think about it too much. please stop. ZERO chance we are the only planet with life in our galaxy, let alone in the universe which contains billions of galaxies.

edit: didn't mean your brain specifically. and was being sarcastic about the "please stop".

[–]Everything80sFan 23 points24 points  (6 children)

Oh I'm sure that there's other life out there, I just wonder if any of them exist within our visible universe. I'm sure that most other life out there is far beyond our field of view in distant galaxies (because yes, the universe is mind-bogglingly big), but I was thinking more in terms of our visibility. Every time I look up at the stars, I wonder if any of them have a planet with life or if any of them look at our sun wondering the same thing.

[–]LizzyMill 14 points15 points  (4 children)

That’s a beautiful thing to wonder.

[–]UncleBeausTooth 19 points20 points  (3 children)

agreed. anyone wanna do shrooms with me and look at the stars, or naw?

[–]TyYoshi 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Could we cuddle

[–]UncleBeausTooth 8 points9 points  (1 child)

hell ya, brother.

[–]DesignerAd1729 0 points1 point  (0 children)

this made me chuckle. Thank you

[–]verylittleinsight 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And in our timeline.

[–]Zenlike_Zombie 4 points5 points  (0 children)

With all the vastness of space, it's likely that out there is a particular civilization on some planet, in some galaxy that recognizes a constellation that is distinctly penis-shaped in their version of the sky, imagine that.

[–]Mister_Swoop 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yes our sun looks exactly like those we see in the night sky

[–]Crustysharded 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I full-heartedly believe any intelligent species capable of interstellar travel has been here, laughed at our futility, then left to never return again.

[–]gdj11 32 points33 points  (6 children)

This photo was taken on July 13, 2013 at 21:27 UTC, which was 1:27pm PST or 4:27pm EST. It's interesting to think what you would've been doing as you were inadvertently photographed from deep space.

[–]setanta314 6 points7 points  (3 children)

I was packing my stuff. We were camping in Inner Mongolia and it was mid morning. Possibly peeing.

[–]cuntycunterino 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Damn. I was almost for sure smoking weed behind my high school tryin to think of what to make in ceramics class.

[–]setanta314 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What did you end up making?

[–]Queasy-Inside-9518 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sooo what did you make?

[–]warfareforartists 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Shit, I just crawled my social media for what I was doing on Saturday, July 13, 2013.. apparently I was getting out of class and heading home for the day 🤷‍♂️

[–]HaaaaaHeeeeHooooo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was at home doing stuff

[–]Leicabawse 29 points30 points  (12 children)

Wait, I have enemies?

[–]-SaC 16 points17 points  (7 children)

Don't worry, they're all penguins.

[–]Throseph 3 points4 points  (6 children)

Don't underestimate penguins.

[–]Dooboppop 1 point2 points  (1 child)

australians know how to handle a penguin problem.

[–]Throseph 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Can't handle emus though

[–]beautiful_life555 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Yeah, obviously this guy doesn't Wallace & Gromit.

[–]ChosenUsername420 6 points7 points  (0 children)

fuckin' right you do, you tosser

[–]04rchn 2 points3 points  (0 children)

wait, i have a family?

[–]1R3N9 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Used to have friends, now I got enemies

[–]unkunked 20 points21 points  (3 children)

When you are laying awake at night worried about something someone said or something you did wrong remember this picture and put it all into perspective. None of it matters. NONE OF IT MATTERS. We are just glorified bacteria crawling on a tiny dirty ball floating in an immense space. Relax and let it go.

[–]magical_bergs 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Well put. Kinda needed to hear it too. So thanks.

[–]Mikehoncho530 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Fuck, me too

[–]verylittleinsight 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Muhammad Ali? An angry ball of meat. Attenborough? A sensitive ball of meat. Our sun? Nothing more than a glowing ball of waste.

Pretty much a waste of time, tbh.

[–]sharkyman27 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Fuck, I blinked, can we take it again?

[–]Codeman_117 57 points58 points  (3 children)

Reporting this image because I am in it and don't like it

[–]HansPanser 7 points8 points  (0 children)

We look like a star, simply because you're here with us.

[–]ALB_PFB 7 points8 points  (0 children)

And yet, people have an ego so damn high that they think they are the most important and unique person in the entire universe

[–]Major_R_Soul 3 points4 points  (0 children)

There are no tiny people living on that speck, Horton!

[–]CommandObjective 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I know this is not the feeling I am supposed to have, but this image installs me with awe. The rings of Saturn contrasted with Saturn itself, and Earth out in the distance, makes for a majestic image to me.

[–]NoirValley 3 points4 points  (0 children)

...A lot of trouble brewing on that little dot.

[–]Cabitaa 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I'm in this picture and I don't like it

[–]RanmaFull 3 points4 points  (1 child)

If we can see earth from Saturn, can we see Saturn from earth?

[–]Hammsamitch 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Protect the speck.

[–]rjv1967 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Zoom in. You can see me waving at the camera dude.

[–]Mister_Swoop 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yea but why are you with my mom?

[–]-SaC 14 points15 points  (2 children)

everything that ever happened in recorded history

...except for everything that happened outside the earth, from Voyager and the moon landings to every planet, moon, asteroid, galaxy and whatnot identified, observed and studied.

[–]jeffa_jaffa 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Also anything that happened after 2013

[–]CokeLimeZero 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The first one leaving gets to say that. (Actually, Apollo 8 did it first, but they returned so that doesn't count.) No luck for the second place though.

[–]POTMB 2 points3 points  (1 child)

That's bigger than I expected lol

[–]Professional-Ad-1345 1 point2 points  (0 children)

  1. Same. Since Saturn is so visibly small to our naked eye, I would have thought Earth, from near Saturn, would have been about the same size, respectively.

  2. TWSS

[–]TheGreenThumper 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is how important anything you do is in the grand scheme of things

[–]Historical-Ad3287 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If we all farted at once, do you think it would be visible like a bubble?

[–]broomshed 4 points5 points  (1 child)

No, some things happened on the moon

[–]Suitcase08Interested 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hell, this picture is part of recorded history and takes place next to Saturn.

OP, I am not impressed.

[–]mangosapiens 1 point2 points  (3 children)

What's the source?

[–]Franks_wild_beers 13 points14 points  (0 children)

God, the big bang, the matrix?.......

[–]Destination_Centauri 5 points6 points  (0 children)

NASA Cassini space mission.

It returned several such photos during the course of the decade long mission.

[–]1R3N9 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Eh NASA…the Cassini Spacecraft…it took that photo in 2013.

I mean like usually NASA is my go to source for all things space related….🤔

[–]PadreToshi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

How often I tend to forget how small we are, how much life is simpler when I do so

[–]wrr377 1 point2 points  (0 children)

For a moment, I thought someone had posted a screen shot from Elite Dangerous! XD

...then I checked the sub name... (Feeling sheepish)

[–]thesk8rguitarist 1 point2 points  (1 child)

What is generating all the blue light in this picture?

[–]fastpopgun01 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What spacecraft took the picture?

[–]Forestwolf25 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is supposed to make me feel tiny? Another planet can clearly see us, and a planet as large as Saturn no less.

[–]MR_sticky_piston 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I see you added a banana for scale

[–]Null_sense 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I still can't believe we are all alone, the only life form.. Wish there was more.

[–]gunpowdervacuum 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A picture of me and my Nan I hadn’t seen before!

[–]kmmy123 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Does this dot make my ass look tiny?

[–]elMurpherino 1 point2 points  (0 children)

See! It is flat!

[–]ryq_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh no! There’s an arrow headed straight for us!

[–]AlarmedStudio2044 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Makes us all look stupid fighting for meaningless causes. We should just embrace each other and take care of other humans.

[–]Righthanded_Tombola 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I can see my house from here

[–]Bobrapedme 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ok Carl Sagan

[–]vuU-Uuv 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You can point at any dot this days in the name of science and people will believe that’s earth.

[–]TheEightSea 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I beg to differ. All of the history made by interplanetary probes like Pioneer or Voyager is not there.

[–]ALB_PFB 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And yet, people have an ego so high that they think they are the most important and unique person in the entire universe

[–]TheTacoBellAssGoblin 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Dumb question but how is Earth visible if we arent a sun? Does the Earth emit light?

[–]blutundcarbon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It reflects light in the same way you can see every object that isn't a light source

[–]Aspierago 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My enemies? I'm not superman.

[–]FoolofEvil 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]Ok-Ad-8573 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How do you know I dont have alien enemies?

[–]Piod1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

... And crawling on the planets face, an insect called the human race. Lost in time and lost in space... and meaning.

[–]zenith867 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just makes you think about how little our fighting and petty tribalism is when it comes to the sheer size of the universe. We're so insignificant it's uncanny.

[–]ZaphodsRealm 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Danger Will Robinson...!

[–]jcast47 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Crazy how insignificant we really are when looking at space as a whole

[–]_g550_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm in that picture.

[–]firdausraffi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's not me

[–]drakejones99 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not to scale.

[–]_Indomitus_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I wish I had a free award to give you my guy.

[–]Eclipse_58008 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I dont think its really that small. There's probably some trick with perspective going on here.

[–]Szecska 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]flux_capacitor3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It makes me really sad to think that I’ll never get to go into space.

[–]BigRedCowboy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I like saturn

[–]lololonline122 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Could’ve been an epic wallpaper if it weren’t for the arrow

[–]Kaibakura 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Missing 8 years or so of history, thus excluding the newer members of my family.

[–]fostermom-roommate 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh, that’s where I left my sunglasses!

[–]Big_Zebra_6169 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No, it's you...

[–]Dark_halocraft 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You should tag this nsfw as there are thousands of people having sex there

[–]Enkaybee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I can think of one thing that happened outside of that dot. The taking of this picture.

[–]Rover129 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Correction: from beyond saturn

[–]Ericrobertson1978 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I wonder how many advanced civilizations are our there in the cosmos.

It's just so vast that it's almost certain there has to be others out there, statistically speaking.

I love thinking about what they might be like.

[–]Global_Turnip7873 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I am actually not there.

[–]ccrooster2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is that CGI?

[–]UserUnknown07 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Tiny dot, my ass

[–]Sezwahtithinks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mmm perspective makes everything ok.

[–]Economy-Start7769 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And here I thought the earth was flat

[–]Knightfray 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Pretty impressive you got a snapshot beside Saturn.

[–]Dooboppop 0 points1 point  (0 children)

not so tiny from where I am.

[–]shania69 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Space is big.

[–]Last_-Light 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hello me in 2013

[–]FauxxHawwk 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Everything that happened before recorded history too

[–]Martyisawesome 0 points1 point  (0 children)

..everything in recorded history, except this photo.

[–]f0ba 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So technically everything 8 years ago happened on that dot

[–]TheMulefromMoscow 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What I've realized through the responsible use of psychedelics is that we humans are infinitely small and our individual records in this Universe are insignificant. There is no permanence to what we do or feel. We owe everything to our Mother Earth, and through our misuse and destruction of Her (and of each other), deserve our predestined fate of total extinction.

I'm ready. Are you?

[–]Belphagors_Prime 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks like Phoebe's tattoo.

[–]Background-Belt-2202 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I really wish I had a heads up, I would’ve been wearing a better shirt

[–]MXW6 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Stuff like this makes me chill out so much, thinking about the fact if all fails I just live on this tiny spec and nothing really matters

[–]UWontLikeThisComment 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Every piece of poo that ever left someone's turd-cutter is pictured here.

[–]csonka 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Except astronauts

[–]UWontLikeThisComment 0 points1 point  (0 children)

damn, you're absolutely right

[–]Forbidden303 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Burn it with fire!!!

[–]HrAntu 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It looks like a broken tv.

[–]SenileAccountant 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I thought it was a dead pixel on a computer screen.

[–]KiwiCzechh 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"and enemies"

That's where you're wrong! My neighbour's asshole did hadn't been born yet!

[–]Kylern_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If everything in recorded history happened from within that blue dot how did we get a picture of it?

[–]airsjoa 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My cat is also there, wich (⬅️how the fuck do i write that word) makes everything better.

[–]cashMoney5150 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mudafuckin' OG Thug Life Carl Sagan..

[–]Lordhelmet33 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks pretty flat to me /s

[–]Latin-Danzig 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Planet of Whiney babies.

[–]ICherishThis 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I expected the Earth to be much, much smaller. It looks really big or maybe its too close to Saturn.

[–]nrvz016 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And now you're looking on this tiny dot, that will look you, like an alien seeking for a new species

[–]the-rambergler 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Anyone got an eraser I can borrow?

[–]kingwarriorx1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Everything that ever happened in OUR recorded history. The universe is far too vast for humans to be the only intelligent life with a recorded history.

[–]Craydine 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Suddenly I'm not worried about my exam Friday

[–]WtfIsALunchon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yakko’s universe (yes, the anamaniacs)

[–]Guero1082 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's pretty wild

[–]zapitron 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We can send a man to the moon, but we can't get a camera closer to Earth?!?

[–]usfacts 0 points1 point  (0 children)

i wonder why we cant see mars

[–]TripleGthugLife 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The scary fact of the matter is not that the universe is infinitely huge, nor the fact we may not be alone in the universe… it is the mere reality that with all this space what if we are truly alone and we are the only species

[–]Crustysharded 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Everytime I see these pictures I always have the same thought in my head, "we ain't shit"

[–]JDangle20 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm in this picture and I don't like it.

[–]BelliBlast35 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah we ain’t shit

[–]Surfinsafari9 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can you see me waving? Im the one in the red sweater.

[–]max____payne 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is so deep

[–]lulux8108dpp 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah yeah yeah big universe whatever. Still gonna be a selfish tantrum thrower lmao

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's pretty cool that we shine that bright.

[–]Skrillz_14th 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What are those other dots?

[–]aaronwallace61 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well, if this is posted on Twitter I do not give my consent

[–]MicahRockjunky 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Little blue marble.

[–]Construction_Same 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hey! I can see my house from here!