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"Exploring the Spherical Marvels of Our Blue Marble" Our planet, Earth, is a breathtaking sphere that holds countless wonders

Background imageSpherical Collection: Whole Earth (Blue Marble 2000)

Whole Earth (Blue Marble 2000)
Whole Earth. Composite satellite image of Earth centred on the Americas. This is Blue Marble 2000, one of the most detailed Earth images ever made

Background imageSpherical Collection: Cosmic microwave background

Cosmic microwave background. Spherical projection of the cosmic microwave background, using all-sky data from the WMAP (Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe)

Background imageSpherical Collection: The Blue Marble - Earth from space, December 7, 1972. Creator: NASA

The Blue Marble - Earth from space, December 7, 1972. Creator: NASA
The Blue Marble - Earth from space, December 7, 1972. This famous photograph, known as The Blue Marble, was captured by the Apollo 17 astronauts on the same day that they left Earth on a Saturn V

Background imageSpherical Collection: Ocean currents off the Americas

Ocean currents off the Americas. Satellite-based graphic showing ocean currents (swirling coloured lines) on an Earth globe centred on the Americas

Background imageSpherical Collection: A Black Hole in a Globular Cluster

A Black Hole in a Globular Cluster
Artists View of a Black Hole in a Globular Cluster

Background imageSpherical Collection: Earth

Earth. Satellite image of the Earth, centred on Antarctica. The South Pole is at centre. Water is blue, vegetation is green, arid areas are brown, and snow and ice are white

Background imageSpherical Collection: Landscape: Moeraki boulders at sunset, Otago peninsula, New Zealand

Landscape: Moeraki boulders at sunset, Otago peninsula, New Zealand
Moeraki boulders at sunset, Otago peninsula, New Zealand

Background imageSpherical Collection: Jupiter

Jupiter, the fifth planet from the sun and the largest in the solar system. The planet has a rocky core but is mostly composed of liquid and gaseous hydrogen and helium

Background imageSpherical Collection: Mars

Mars, computer artwork. Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun, and it is a rocky desert world. It orbits the Sun in around 689 days at an average distance of around 227 million kilometres

Background imageSpherical Collection: Amazon Spheres at Amazon headquarters campus, Seattle, Washington, USA

Amazon Spheres at Amazon headquarters campus, Seattle, Washington, USA

Background imageSpherical Collection: fuchsia winston churchill, fuchsia

fuchsia winston churchill, fuchsia
4469 Fuchsia Fuchsia Winston Churchill Fuchsia F." Winston Churchill"

Background imageSpherical Collection: CS_2245-16

CS_2245-16
Leucospermum cordifolium Pincushion Orange subject White b/g

Background imageSpherical Collection: Ufos / Cussac, France

Ufos / Cussac, France
Two boys report seeing four aliens - they describe them as little devils - who fly round a spherical craft landed in a field

Background imageSpherical Collection: Africa, satellite image

Africa, satellite image
Africa. Satellite image of the Earth centred on Africa. Clouds are white, oceans are blue and land is green and brown. Also seen are Europe (top) Asia (upper right), the Indian Ocean (right)

Background imageSpherical Collection: Southeast Asia at night, satellite image

Southeast Asia at night, satellite image
Southeast Asia at night. Satellite image of the Earth seen at 18:00 (6pm) GMT (UCT), centred on China. City lights (yellow) show areas of dense population, particularly in India (left)

Background imageSpherical Collection: The bright star Altair in the constellation Aquila

The bright star Altair in the constellation Aquila
Messier 13, also known as the Hercules Globular cluster. At its distance of 25, 100 light years, its angular diameter of 20 degrees corresponds to a linear 145 light years

Background imageSpherical Collection: Fusion reactor maintenance T180 / 0078

Fusion reactor maintenance T180 / 0078
^BFusion reactor maintenance. ^b Technician in the interior of a Tokamak device, which confines hot plasma. This is used in the research of fusion as a future energy source

Background imageSpherical Collection: Ceres, artwork

Ceres, artwork
Ceres. Computer artwork, based on Hubble Space Telescope (HST) images, of the dwarf planet Ceres (1 Ceres) with the Sun in the distance. Ceres has a diameter of 950 kilometres

Background imageSpherical Collection: Lunar map of 1854

Lunar map of 1854. This map of the Moons surface was published in Germany, and the title across top in in German. The Moon is orientated with celestial North at bottom

Background imageSpherical Collection: Allium giganteum flower head

Allium giganteum flower head

Background imageSpherical Collection: Quantum computing

Quantum computing. Conceptual computer artwork of electronic circuitry contained on spheres, representing parallel processing in a quantum computer

Background imageSpherical Collection: Sedna, Kuiper Belt Object

Sedna, Kuiper Belt Object
Sedna. Computer artwork of Sedna, one of the largest objects in the Kuiper Belt of the outer solar system. It is a candidate for a tenth planet because it has a relatively stable orbit

Background imageSpherical Collection: The Wild Duck Cluster in the constellation Scutum

The Wild Duck Cluster in the constellation Scutum
The Wild Duck Cluster, also known as Messier 11, in the constellation Scutum

Background imageSpherical Collection: Mercury hemisphere, MESSENGER image C016 / 9722

Mercury hemisphere, MESSENGER image C016 / 9722
Mercury hemisphere, MESSENGER image. North is at top. This image is centred at longitude 220 degrees West. The colours show chemical and mineralogical differences between the rocks

Background imageSpherical Collection: Buckyball molecule C320, artwork

Buckyball molecule C320, artwork
Artwork of a buckyball molecule, chemical formula C320, also known as buckminsterfullerene. This large spherical fullerene molecule made of 320 carbon atoms is arranged like a geodesic dome of

Background imageSpherical Collection: Cyanobacteria, SEM

Cyanobacteria, SEM
Cyanobacteria. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of cyanobacteria (formally known as blue-green algae, blue). Several spores (pink) are also seen

Background imageSpherical Collection: Fullerene molecule, computer artwork

Fullerene molecule, computer artwork
Fullerene molecule. Computer artwork of the spherical fullerene molecule C320. Fullerenes are a structural type (allotrope) of carbon

Background imageSpherical Collection: dianthus barbatus temarisou, carnation, green trick series

dianthus barbatus temarisou, carnation, green trick series
4390 Carnation - Green trick series Dianthus barbatus Temarisou

Background imageSpherical Collection: Transparent spherical velocipede

Transparent spherical velocipede
5616638 Transparent spherical velocipede; (add.info.: Transparent spherical velocipede by A Rousseau of Marseille, France 1882. 01/01/1882); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageSpherical Collection: A Hukin and Heath two-handled bowl with hinged cover, 1879

A Hukin and Heath two-handled bowl with hinged cover, 1879
985580 A Hukin and Heath two-handled bowl with hinged cover, 1879 () by Dresser, Christopher (1834-1904); Private Collection; (add.info.: A Hukin and Heath two-handled bowl with hinged cover)

Background imageSpherical Collection: Smoking cap, c. 1880 (embroidered velvet lined with machine-quilted silk)

Smoking cap, c. 1880 (embroidered velvet lined with machine-quilted silk)
3084444 Smoking cap, c.1880 (embroidered velvet lined with machine-quilted silk) by English School, (19th century); 6.5x19 cm; The Geffrye Museum of the Home, London

Background imageSpherical Collection: Three adder stones

Three adder stones, also known as hag stones, witch stones, serpents eggs and snakes eggs. They are believed by some to have been formed by the secretions of snakes or adders

Background imageSpherical Collection: echinocactus platyacanthus, cactus, barrel cactus

echinocactus platyacanthus, cactus, barrel cactus
Echinocactus platyacanthus Cactus - Barrel cactus Green subject

Background imageSpherical Collection: Clinoclase, St Day, Gwennap, Cornwall, England

Clinoclase, St Day, Gwennap, Cornwall, England
Spheroidal clinoclase coating liroconite, 4.5 cm in diameter. The specimen is probably from Wheal Gorland or Wheal Unity. Collector Philip Rashleigh wrote in his mineral catalogue

Background imageSpherical Collection: Krishna's Ball, between c.1875 and c.1900. Creator: Unknown

Krishna's Ball, between c.1875 and c.1900. Creator: Unknown
Krishna's Ball, between c.1875 and c.1900

Background imageSpherical Collection: 13 inch mortar shell, American War of Independence, 1765-83 (metal)

13 inch mortar shell, American War of Independence, 1765-83 (metal)
3429546 13 inch mortar shell, American War of Independence, 1765-83 (metal) by French School, (18th century); diam: 33 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageSpherical Collection: Hand Grips Pliers Date: 1947

Hand Grips Pliers Date: 1947

Background imageSpherical Collection: ranunculus asiaticus elegance red, ranunculus, persian ranunculus

ranunculus asiaticus elegance red, ranunculus, persian ranunculus
4406 Ranunculus - Persian ranunculus Ranunculus asiaticus Elegance Red

Background imageSpherical Collection: vaccinium parvifolium, huckleberry, red huckleberry, red subject, green background

vaccinium parvifolium, huckleberry, red huckleberry, red subject, green background
Vaccinium parvifolium Huckleberry - Red huckleberry Red subject Green background

Background imageSpherical Collection: dahlia pink jupiter, dahlia, pink subject, green background

dahlia pink jupiter, dahlia, pink subject, green background
Dahlia Pink Jupiter Dahlia Pink subject Green background

Background imageSpherical Collection: dahlia david howard, dahlia, orange subject

dahlia david howard, dahlia, orange subject
Dahlia David Howard Dahlia Orange subject

Background imageSpherical Collection: Crab apple Carmine crab apple Malus x atrosanguinea Gorgeous

Crab apple Carmine crab apple Malus x atrosanguinea Gorgeous
Cluster of shiny, red fruit of Carmine crab apple, Malus x atrosanguinea Gorgeous

Background imageSpherical Collection: allium sphaerocephalon, allium, green subject

allium sphaerocephalon, allium, green subject
Allium sphaerocephalon Allium Green subject

Background imageSpherical Collection: CS_C08-9463

CS_C08-9463
Platanus acerifolia London plane Blue subject

Background imageSpherical Collection: United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Al Raha, View of Aldar Headquarters - the first circular

United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Al Raha, View of Aldar Headquarters - the first circular building in the Middle East - and beach at Al Raha Beach Hotel

Background imageSpherical Collection: United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Al Raha, View of Aldar Headquarters - the first circular

United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Al Raha, View of Aldar Headquarters - the first circular building in the Middle East - and Al Raha Beach Hotel

Background imageSpherical Collection: United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Al Raha, View of Aldar Headquarters - he first circular

United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Al Raha, View of Aldar Headquarters - he first circular building in the Middle East

Background imageSpherical Collection: United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Al Raha, View of Aldar Headquarters - the first circular

United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Al Raha, View of Aldar Headquarters - the first circular building in the Middle East - and Al Raha Beach Hotel



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"Exploring the Spherical Marvels of Our Blue Marble" Our planet, Earth, is a breathtaking sphere that holds countless wonders. From the iconic Whole Earth image captured by Blue Marble 2000 to the mesmerizing cosmic microwave background, it's clear why our spherical home continues to captivate us. As we delve deeper into its mysteries, we uncover fascinating phenomena like ocean currents off the Americas, which shape our climate and sustain marine life. But Earth isn't alone in its spherical allure; even mighty Jupiter and enigmatic Mars boast their own unique spheres of influence in our vast cosmos. Speaking of otherworldly encounters, who can forget the intriguing UFO sighting over Cussac, France? A reminder that beyond our known realms lies an endless expanse waiting to be explored. And while extraterrestrial visitors may remain elusive for now, there are earthly marvels like fuchsia Winston Churchill or CS_2245-16 that remind us of nature's boundless creativity. Traveling across landscapes becomes a visual feast when witnessing Moeraki boulders at sunset on New Zealand's Otago peninsula. These perfectly spherical natural formations seem almost surreal against the backdrop of a golden sky. Zooming out from specific locations brings us to Africa as seen from space—a stunning satellite image showcasing its diverse terrain and vibrant colors. It reminds us how interconnected everything is on this beautiful blue orb we call home. Finally, let's not forget one of humanity's most iconic moments—the Earthrise photograph taken during Apollo 8 mission in 1968 by William A Anders. This awe-inspiring view of our planet rising above the lunar horizon serves as a powerful reminder of both its fragility and resilience. In every corner of existence—be it within oceans or galaxies—spheres hold secrets waiting to be discovered. The spherical nature surrounding us invites exploration and fuels our curiosity about what lies beyond this pale blue dot suspended in space.