The result is some interesting observations and a stunning movie that shows a full rotation of Earth with the moon passing across the field of view. Itís one of the most spectacular views of Earth from space that Iíve ever seen. For information about the observations and links to a second video, visit the EPOXI transit press release. Thanks to Mark for passing this one along.
I was surprised and equally delighted by another video that showed up as todayís Astronomy Picture of the Day.
Itís a little unusual for APOD, but when I thought about it, I realized
that in a way, it makes for an interesting counterpart to the EPOXI
video. Itís an example of what you might get if you could zoom in on
that spinning blue planet: a video montage of people all over the world
dancing along with Matt Harding, who has taken to the road with an
informal, energetic dance he does, and has found that if you start
dancing, people in many parts of the world are happy to dance along
I was utterly charmed by the video; there is something
beautifully goofy and joyous in the sight of all these people sharing
moments of happy commotion. The wide range of natural and man-made
environments was also impressive. Iím not sure why I found this video
so emotionally moving.
On the whole I find human diversity fascinating;
I still remember a line from the original Star Trek where Spock said
something about IDIC (infinite diversity in infinite combinations) and
ďthe ways our differences can combine to create meaning and beauty.Ē
But we so often have a hard time dealing constructively or even
non-destructively with our differences, on levels from the individual
up to the national. Maybe I just needed a reminder that for all the
things that divide humans, we share some things in common as well.
30 Jul, 2008 09:46 pm
The EPOXI mission of NASA?s Deep Impact spacecraft took pictures of Earth late in May 2008 from 31 million miles away, with the goal of examining Earth as if it were an extrasolar planet and looking for signs that would indicate life.