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The Pale Blue Dot

Photo of Earth taken by Voyager
Over the years, I've occasionally given talks to Muslim kids about astronomy and space exploration using a variety of photos that are available on the Internet. One of the themes I like to stress in these talks is just how small and insignificant humanity is in the universe. This photo is one of the best pictures to do just that.

Almost twenty years ago, on February 14, 1990, the Voyager 1 spacecraft took one last photograph of Earth. At that time, Voyager 1 had been traveling for 22 years and was four billion miles from Earth. At this distance, Earth takes up a mere 0.12 pixel; a "pale blue dot" indeed, as the late astronomer Carl Sagan described our planet.

In my opinion, it is important for us, humanity, to be reminded of just how tiny a corner of the universe we occupy. There are far too many people still who give short shrift to our Creator, Allah (swt). How grateful we should be to Him, who cares for us, watching over us and providing us sustenance and guidance, as we hurtle through the immense deep black of space.