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I read this somewhere on the web – apologies for the author, I forgot where.

Of the many attempts before the space age to understand how Earth looks from afar, the Roman historian Seneca provides the most remarkable quote: “Is this that pinpoint which is divided by fire and sword among so many nations? How ridiculous are the boundaries set by mortals.”

And you won’t easily find a picture in which Earth is so close to invisibility as in this one:

Pale Blue Dot in Saturn's rings

Yes, that little spot of a few pixels, on the left just within the second ring from the outside is Earth. Seneca would have been astounded, but vindicated.

The photograph was taken by the Cassini spacecraft, which is orbiting Saturn, and has been aptly named ‘Pale Blue Dot’. Now enjoy and feel small.

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