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Pale Blue Dot, Voyager 1

This unique narrow-angle color image is of the Earth, dubbed Pale Blue Dot, is a part of the first ever portrait of the solar system taken by Voyager 1. The spacecraft acquired a total of 60 frames for a mosaic of the solar system from a distance of more than 4 billion miles from Earth and about 32 degrees above the ecliptic. From Voyagers great distance Earth is a mere point of light, less than the size of a picture element even in the narrow-angle camera. Earth was a crescent only 0.12 pixel in size. Coincidentally, Earth lies right in the center of one of the scattered light rays resulting from taking the image so close to the sun. This blown-up image of the Earth was taken through three color filters -- violet, blue and green -- and recombined to produce the color image. The background features in the image are artifacts resulting from the magnification

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This print titled "Pale Blue Dot, Voyager 1" offers a mesmerizing glimpse into the vastness of our solar system. Taken by NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft in 1990, this unique narrow-angle color image showcases Earth as a tiny pale blue dot amidst the cosmic expanse. From its remarkable distance of over 4 billion miles away and positioned at an angle above the ecliptic, Voyager captured Earth as a mere point of light, barely visible even in the most powerful camera lens. The significance of this image lies not only in its breathtaking beauty but also in its profound message about our place in the universe. Coincidentally centered within scattered light rays caused by proximity to the sun during capture, Earth appears as a minuscule crescent measuring just 0. 12 pixel across. To create this stunning color image, three filters were used - violet, blue, and green - which were then combined to produce an accurate representation. As we gaze upon this extraordinary photograph, it serves as a reminder of humanity's humble existence on our home planet. It invites us to contemplate our interconnectedness with all living beings and encourages us to cherish and protect our fragile world amidst the vastness of space. This iconic snapshot from Voyager 1 is not merely an astronomical marvel; it is a testament to human curiosity and exploration that continues to inspire generations around the globe.

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