Pale Blue Dot Viewfinder

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Pale Blue Dot Viewfinder

80.00

Dimensions: 2" x 2.25" x 1.75"
wood, plexi, paper, ink

An homage to the famous photograph by the same name, the Pale Blue Dot viewfinder is a handcrafted wood box that transforms any landscape into a glimmering dot of light, like planet earth seen from deep space. 

The original Pale Blue Dot photograph was taken by NASA'a Voyager spacecraft on Valentine's Day in 1990, at the urging of Astronomer Carl Sagan. From 4 billion miles away, the earth looks like a tiny pixel in the vast expanse of space. About the image, Carl Sagan writes:

Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam...

...It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.

 

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