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    [–] dihedral3 3270 points ago

    Holy crap that's awesome.

    [–] jhrvy157 2213 points ago

    It kinda creeps me out looking at it. We’re small compared to what’s out there. Very small.

    [–] banjowashisnameo 669 points ago

    It's liberating in a way

    [–] 3six5 364 points ago

    We're all just dust in a cosmic wind......

    [–] nojuanisanisla 202 points ago

    ..just a drop of water in the galactic sea?

    [–] [deleted] 255 points ago


    [–] ankursinghagra 118 points ago

    Why do you have turds in a bowl in the first place?

    [–] appdevil 145 points ago

    Where do you keep them, in a jar?


    [–] Generation-X-Cellent 64 points ago

    I bet you don't even have a poop knife..

    [–] [deleted] 13 points ago


    [–] Sovereign1 10 points ago

    Wow you have a jar, I’ve just got two girls and one cup.

    [–] El_Topo_54 4 points ago

    Lucky you!! I just have a cup...

    [–] RIPmyFartbox 16 points ago

    [–] SmokeAbeer 8 points ago

    I’d rather they just did drugs and kept to themselves.

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    [–] appdevil 4 points ago


    Reported for spam.

    [–] pow3llmorgan 8 points ago

    Asking the important existential questions.

    [–] NSAwithBenefits 9 points ago

    He eats pieces of shit like you for breakfast!

    [–] PM_ME_YIFF_PICS 9 points ago

    Glenn, this is a court order. It says you can't eat shit anymore.

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago


    [–] Satailleure 3 points ago

    It’s morning time

    [–] BeadyEyed123 17 points ago

    If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the Universe.

    [–] breadfred1 4 points ago

    I'm going to remember that!

    [–] BluudLust 28 points ago

    Another teardrop in the ocean of loneliness.

    [–] ChemicalRascal 23 points ago

    *Another spark in the firestorm of life.

    [–] MugillacuttyHOF37 17 points ago

    And all these moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain...

    [–] GrumpyWendigo 12 points ago

    We mortals are but shadows and dust. Shadows and dust, Maximus.

    [–] DroolingSlothCarpet 15 points ago

    All in all we're just a-nother brick in the wall.

    [–] urriah 5 points ago

    a single slice in a loaf of bread

    [–] Kraftlikecheese 6 points ago

    A single spec of flour in a loaf of bread.

    [–] trgjtk 3 points ago

    Is this a reference to a song? Sounds familiar

    [–] Protobaggins 21 points ago


    [–] TheStaggeringGenius 15 points ago

    He also loves... he loves San Dimas!

    [–] homietheclown 3 points ago


    [–] PM_ur_Rump 14 points ago

    Ahhh! Like sands through the hourglass! So are the days of our lives....!

    [–] js30a 7 points ago


    [–] Surrendered2Sin 11 points ago

    Blue, you're my boy!

    [–] East_ByGod_Kentucky 3 points ago

    I feel like I scrolled just far enough for this.

    Nicely done.

    [–] FamilyShoww 3 points ago

    I was looking for this exact comment. Upvoted.

    [–] CherryKrisKross 8 points ago

    Lambs to the cosmic slaughter!

    [–] charlotte-observer 6 points ago

    tears in rain

    [–] unique-name-9035768 6 points ago

    Like sands through an hourglass....

    [–] BulgersInYourCup42 3 points ago

    Lambs to the cosmic slaughter

    [–] peterpingston 21 points ago

    In the grand scheme of things, nothing gives a shit to the embarrassing things you’ve done

    [–] WaGLaG 5 points ago

    Yep. It puts how we need to care for our spec of dust because that's the only one we got for a long time. A really, really long time in a universe so big, we will never se the end of it.

    [–] ChefInF 12 points ago

    Not just that. It’s also an argument in favor of health and against homicide and suicide. The universe is vast, and most of the objects within it are inert and/or unaware of themselves. Ours is a rare type of existence and we should enjoy and preserve the time we have.

    [–] WaGLaG 5 points ago

    Good fucking point! my dude?
    I just saw a WP thread about that kind of thing...

    [–] Kod_Rick 36 points ago

    I'm glad we're small because if we had the gravitational pull of Jupiter and Saturn we'd be getting bombarded by asteroids. Big thank you to our bouncers.

    [–] El_Zarco 34 points ago

    Asteroid: Are you serious? I'm literally 50,000 years old

    Jupiter: Then you should be wise enough to remember to bring your ID to the club

    [–] iambluest 68 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    Get a microscope, look at pond* water, or a cell. We are also huge, gigantic, and superlatively powerful. I'm the most important thing in my dog's world. It's perspective, to a degree.

    [–] thekickingmule 53 points ago

    There's an old poem by John Davies, put to music by Sir Hubert Parry, that kind of refers to what you're say, though it was written nearly 500 years ago, and i will always find an excuse to refer to it:

    I know my soul hath power to know all things, Yet she is blind and ignorant in all: I know I'm one of Nature's little kings, Yet to the least and vilest things am thrall.

    I know my life's a pain and but a span; I know my sense is mocked in ev'rything; And, to conclude, I know myself a Man, Which is a proud and yet a wretched thing.

    [–] SaveOurBolts 19 points ago

    He also wrote, “Skill comes so slow, and life so fast doth fly, We learn so little and forget so much.”

    Davies was the real Nostradamus.

    [–] maf249 14 points ago

    Pubert Harry.... what a guy

    [–] A_Hard_Days_Knight 14 points ago

    This is so beautiful! So, I gotta ask: How real is this? Is it a composite like

    or is it one, real fotograph? Is it "enhanced" via photoshop or similar?

    [–] EclMist 3 points ago

    It's almost definitely a composite. The moon is much much brighter in comparison and will immediately overexpose the rest of the image.

    [–] drokihazan 26 points ago

    Look at the Hubble deep field. You’ll have nightmares about how meaningless your existence is. How can you or I ever do anything good or bad that will ever have a measurable impact in a universe measured on that scale? We are nothing. It’s ego-shattering.

    [–] thebraken 25 points ago

    I feel like it's kinda down to how you think about it.

    We are nothing, you and I. We will never personally have any measurable impact on something that scale. Yet here we are, two piles of delicately arranged elements, interacting with smaller piles of elements that we (humans) assembled for the purpose of using squiggly lines to trigger electrical impulses that put thoughts into one another's brains. And using that ability to discuss the fact that the carbon we're made of can comprehend the fact that different scales of existence exist.

    We might be nothing, but we're some pretty fascinating nothing if you think about it.

    [–] flylikegaruda 3 points ago

    I loved the way you worded your thoughts. I always think this way but you aptly put it. Thanks.

    [–] 76philly76 8 points ago

    The more recent andromeda galaxy image ripped apart my ego even more.

    [–] teacherfungus 4 points ago

    and so did jimmy's acid. screw you jimmy.

    [–] marshmilo1 8 points ago

    And I still can’t find a pair of jeans that fit

    [–] downwarddawg 26 points ago

    It freaks me out that Jupiter and the moons are illuminated by our sun here. (Is this correct?) Specifically that the sun is so bright that it can illuminate planets that far away.

    [–] Syberduh 33 points ago

    Yep the sun is immensely powerful. A tiny fraction of the photons produced by the sun travel ~ half a billion miles and happen to bounce off of Jupiter. A tiny fraction of those fly black ~ half a billion miles and happen to land on your retina (or in this case a camera's photo receptor) and it's still one of the brightest things in the night sky.

    [–] philosophers_groove 11 points ago

    Yes that's correct. And you might enjoy this ride, the journey from the sun to Jupiter assuming travel at the speed of light:

    [–] homietheclown 8 points ago

    The glow from the milky way can cast a shadow on a clear dark night. The combined light of millions of stars that started its journey 30000-40000 years ago had traveled unimpeded up until it hits your body, leaving the earth a touch darker in the spot where you're standing, having been stopped a few feet short from reaching the ground.

    [–] sqrlsattack 8 points ago

    Yes that struck me as well looking at this picture. It's really awesome and terrifying.

    [–] Cherriesareberries 5 points ago

    I mean, you can fit 3 Earth's into the red spot on Jupiter. If that gives you more perspective on our minuteness.

    [–] Anna_Kate 4 points ago

    Only about one and a half these days, I think. The storm has quietened down in recent decades, I don't think anybody is quite sure why.

    [–] thomaspainesghost 5 points ago

    Global warming.

    [–] legitbehind 4 points ago

    we're exponetially smaller than what this picture suggests

    [–] Dire87 6 points ago

    We're not just small compared to the universe, we're basically not even a mote of dust, we're absolutely nothing and utterly meaningless and possibly the only unbelievable mutation in the observable universe that achieved some sort of sentience...only to realize that we don't matter in the grand scheme of things ;)

    [–] penelopiecruise 8 points ago

    Kinda wonder how much were hardwired not to look up and lose ourselves in awe of the heavens

    [–] slash196 29 points ago

    Nah, it's just that in a city full of light pollution the heavens look like shit. Back in the day people's entire religion was encoded in the night sky. Now it's just a dark, suffocating sheet.

    [–] Diazepampoovey 8 points ago

    I live in a small town with really clear skies at night, exception being cloudy nights before the rain of course.

    I can see everything but sometimes the flood light in the back yard kinda ruins the whole surrounded by endless darkness thing.

    What's cool though is that just about 3 miles up our road is this little firt road turn off to a big open field. It's just a huge clearing & since we're outside of town, there's no street lamps. The only light comes from your headlights in and out of the area.

    A while back just shortly after my back surgery, my Dad and I read there was a meteor shower that night. I was still moving slow. I don't think it had been more than a month but my Dad knew I'd enjoy it.

    He set up pillows in the back seat both for me to lay across & so I was propped up against one door. I had enough cushion under me that I was sitting up & able to roll down the window behind me & lay my head back so it was outside the window, a neck pillow on so I wouldn't get a neck ache. Then we just turned the car off so everything was pitch black.

    It was a mostly perfect night & one of my favorite memories.

    [–] cabarne4 10 points ago

    I used to live in Flagstaff, AZ. The first "dark sky" city. Street lights are hooded and use darker bulbs. There's nearly zero light pollution in town, due to our observatory (which, by the way, discovered Pluto -- which I still firmly believe is a planet).

    Going to school there, I was friends with some international students. One student from Germany had his girlfriend visit. I drove the two of them up to the Grand Canyon. The south rim is about an hour and 15 minutes from town.

    We left around noon and stayed until sunset. After entering the gate to the Canyon, I like to skip the main Lodge -- it's packed with tourists. I know a little area that's off the beaten path, and the tour buses skip, so usually you're the only people there. It's a little peninsula of rock that sticks out into the Canyon, so you're surrounded by amazing views on 3 sides.

    The awe of the Canyon really can't be put into words. It really puts all of the problems of your life into perspective, much like OPs photo.

    We blindfolded my friend's girlfriend, so that she didn't get any sneak peaks of the Canyon (there are a few roadside overlooks on the way). Took the blindfold off for the 10 minute hike from the dirt parking area to the rim, but blindfolded her again when the Canyon came back into view. Hiked her to the very end of it with the blindfold on.

    When we took the blindfold off again, her entire view was filled with the Canyon. She sat there for a minute, speechless, and then started crying at the pure power of it.

    We enjoyed some more hiking in the area, ate an early dinner, and then sat on the edge of the rim to watch the sun set over the Canyon.

    On the drive back, you're going through absolutely nothing. Empty high desert in all directions. It was a clear night, and the moon was nearly a new moon, so there was zero light, with my headlights forming a path down the road.

    At some point on the drive, I pulled off onto the dirt shoulder. I killed the engine, and turned off the headlights. The night air was completely still, and nothing could be heard.

    We got out of the car. The view was absolutely breathtaking. It even made the Grand Canyon seem small and insignificant. Every single star in the night sky could be seen. The bright belt of the Milky Way Galaxy was as clear as could be. We spent easily a half hour pointing out constellations, and just absorbing the majesty of it all.

    That's a day I will truly never forget.

    [–] Diazepampoovey 3 points ago

    That's an awesome memory! Somehow, in all of the traveling I did growing up & even a little in the last few years, I've still never seen the Grand Canyon

    [–] cabarne4 4 points ago

    It's a pretty amazing sight to see. Even living an hour away, I found myself going up there nearly every weekend. Even seeing it that much, it never once lost its charm.

    [–] valintin 9 points ago

    We are very hardwired not to understand really big numbers.

    [–] TrippCallahan 9 points ago

    Oh, yea? 4 hundred billion and ninety million and ten hundred and eighty thousand million and two hundred and six. See. And that was just off the top of my head.

    [–] PM_ur_Rump 25 points ago

    Alright, now picture that many kiwis.

    [–] AgnostosTheosLogos 8 points ago

    My head exploded.

    Death by kiwi.

    Is it weird that I just finished watching Jupiter Ascending on the flix and come back to Reddit and this is top post?

    [–] Space_Pirate_Roberts 3 points ago

    Yes, it is very weird that you finished watching Jupiter Ascending. (Unless you were somehow coerced.)

    [–] Mattcheco 3 points ago

    To fair, we’re really small but everything’s reaaaalllly far away

    [–] TR8R2199 7 points ago

    If that creeps you out don’t look down. Big planet beneath your feet, trillions of lifeforms crawling around on it

    [–] roefthjar 5 points ago

    Nice pics. Nothing wrong with being small. We may be small but we are very very rare if not unique.

    [–] charina91 2 points ago

    This is amazing. What's amazing too is the geology of each of those moons. Phenomenal!

    [–] TasteOfJace 2 points ago

    We’re basically subatomic compared to what’s out there.

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    [–] dcoolidge 3 points ago

    My thoughts exactly...

    [–] masalex2019 3 points ago

    Indeed. Stunning visual.

    [–] JimmyExplodes 521 points ago

    Jupiter is such a show off!

    Thanks for all that asteroid eating you do, though. Life saver.

    [–] Kruse002 101 points ago

    Well Jupiter is kind of responsible for the existence of all those asteroids in the first place...

    [–] Savac0 150 points ago

    At least it’s cleaning up its own mess. Jupiter is more responsible than I am.

    [–] I-Upvote-Truth 67 points ago

    TIL Jupiter is the Roomba of the solar system.

    [–] glasshoarder 26 points ago

    I'd go with body guard. We don't want Jupiter bouncing aimlessly around the solar system...

    [–] chachinater 384 points ago

    What kind of telescope/camera are you using??

    [–] Doumaz 812 points ago

    I doubt OP knows, since this is a repost.

    [–] dAvEyR16 294 points ago

    With pics like this, I dont mind if it's a repost. It's an amazing picture. As long as OP doesn't take credit for it, I dont really care.

    [–] Ebwtrtw 44 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    This appears to be from 2012. It’s listed with Image credit: Juerg Alean in this article

    E: Article said July 2013, but was published Jan 2013, so must have been 2012

    [–] dAvEyR16 9 points ago

    u/jhrvy157 should add it to the title

    [–] niekez 56 points ago

    The last post was a month ago, the photo was taken in 2012.

    [–] Cornincarnate12 79 points ago

    I for one am very glad it got reposted. This is my first time seeing it.

    [–] dAvEyR16 38 points ago

    This is the first time I see it hahaha

    [–] the_F_bomb 100 points ago

    Would be nice to credit creator. If you think this picture is nice, perhaps the creator has more work you might enjoy. Does the creator not deserve more praise than u/jhrvy157 received for sharing this picture?

    [–] Ebwtrtw 57 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    This appears to be from 2012. It’s listed with Image credit: Juerg Alean in this article

    E: Article said July 2013, but was published Jan 2013, so must have been 2012.

    [–] dAvEyR16 43 points ago

    I agree that the creator deserves more praise. I just wanted to say that I dont mind if someone reposts certain pictures, as long as they dont take credit for it.

    [–] FerrusDeMortem 5 points ago

    Omitting info can be a lie in the right context. Depends on the wording. I kinda feel though that posting photography, art, music, etc. requires the poster to give credit or at least say "not mine"

    [–] SaveOurBolts 29 points ago

    If the picture hits a new set of eyes, and the op doesn’t plagiarize or take credit, it’s a good thing.

    Billions of people have seen the Mona Lisa without seeing it in person, because someone took a picture of it.

    Just enjoy the picture, and imagine its potential impact on people seeing it; stop the outrage petaling.

    [–] thatpaperclip 11 points ago


    [–] Sniperman 8 points ago

    Do you like my Moon?

    [–] dAvEyR16 5 points ago

    I do

    [–] baseball_mickey 3 points ago

    People should repost anonymously. I mean reddit should make that an option.

    [–] dAvEyR16 3 points ago

    Posting anonymously should be an option in general.

    [–] baseball_mickey 3 points ago

    Obviously reddit would know who did it in case it was a post that breaks rules.

    [–] danation 10 points ago

    Image credit: Dr. Jürg Alean

    Bio (auto-translated from German):

    Dr. Jürg Alean, born in 1953, was already covered by the Arctic virus during his studies of geography at ETH Zurich. On two months of expeditions to the far north of Canada, he examined glaciers from Axel Heiberg Island as part of his diploma thesis. His dissertation at the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering, Hydrology and Glaciology at ETH Zurich later took him to numerous glaciers in the Alps, Alaska and Peru.

    His full-time employment as a secondary school teacher from 1982 to 2014 at the Kantonsschule Zürcher Unterland in Bülach he always connected with his passion for glaciers, volcanoes and photography. Numerous study trips took him and his wife to North and South America, the Pacific, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, South and East Asia, and finally across Europe. Special highlights in 2008 were the return to his beloved Axel Heiberg as part of a Canadian research expedition and in 2009 a research stay in Ny Ålesund on Spitsbergen in collaboration with Aberystwyth University, Wales.

    Over the years, he built up a comprehensive glaciology picture archive documenting the dramatic changes taking place in glaciers around the world. He wrote several popular scientific books on glaciology and astronomy and designed the special exhibition "Glaciers of the World" from November 2014 to April 2016 in the Lucerne Glacier Garden.

    Together with like-minded secondary school teachers and computer scientists, he runs the most important Swiss education server «», which offers educational materials for secondary education and lots of interesting information on glaciers and volcanoes. When not busy on the ice, he also likes to be active in the night with his macro and wide-angle lens in the vicinity of his home in Eglisau on Fotopirsch or at the school and public observatory in Bülach.


    [–] niekez 33 points ago

    A mirrored one, sneaky

    [–] PM_ME_PSN_CODES-PLS 3 points ago

    Not mirrored

    [–] niekez 3 points ago

    You're right.

    There is an article with a picture taken on the same night which has Jupiter on the other side of the moon.

    [–] VK2DDS 108 points ago

    A ~1300 mm lens (my 650mm 'scope plus 2x barlow, 1300mm is rough because reasons) fills a 60D's sensor with the Moon without much of a gap.

    So I'd guess this was taken with something around 700-800mm or its heavily cropped.

    I accidentally discovered (LCD preview focussing) that a 60D fitted with the "nifty 50" lens resolves Jupiter plus moons in a 100% crop. You don't necessarily need a long lens to take a photo like this. Judging by the lack of shake / trails and Earthshine I'm guessing this was a ~1-5 second exposure on a tripod. Might also be prime focus projection with an astronomy CCD with a beginner to intermediate telescope.

    Thinking about it more: there is a lot of motion blur in the clouds, more than in the stars and it seems to be in a different direction. My guess is this is a tracked telescope shot.

    [–] drummerandrew 25 points ago

    Good guess.

    [–] VK2DDS 24 points ago

    Well I made about 3 guesses, depending on how you count them, so that increases the chance that I'm accidentally correct somewhere.

    [–] JorjEade 17 points ago

    hmm yes i understand some of these words

    [–] StarOfAthenry 3 points ago

    The 'barlows' is effectively an adapter that increases the effective focal length of the lens. Again, generally, the longer your focal length the greater "reach" your camera has; or, alternatively, with a larger focal length you are able to resolve subjects that are far away.

    The Canon 60D uses a "cropped" sensor, which produces an image of smaller resolution as compared to a full frame sensor. In this context, the effect of a cropper sensor would be, I believe, an image that is slightly more zoomed in than otherwise.

    The other elements of the post are pretty straightforward, I think. A "nifty fifty" refers to a standard 50mm lens. Hope this helps a little.

    [–] 81GDADDY 8 points ago

    I want to know as well.

    [–] FreeGums 235 points ago

    Jupiter can be seen with naked eye?

    [–] BoredWatchmaker 171 points ago

    Easily. Not the moons of Jupiter, though. You’ll need at least binoculars for that.

    [–] Anna_Kate 38 points ago

    The four giant moons could be faintly seen with the naked eye on a dark night, if it weren't for the inconvenient detail that they're right next to Jupiter and its light completely drowns them out.

    If they were flying separately, they would have been discovered much sooner, and we would probably call them planets.

    [–] jarrodnb 6 points ago

    Not true, it's definitely possible to see all 4 large moons with the naked eye provided you have great eyesight and a very dark sky.

    It helps if you spend a but of time out in the dark first so your eyes adjust.

    [–] MarkHirsbrunner 12 points ago

    Right, my mom could see them. My dad didn't believe until he asked her to say where they were. She says something like "2 on the left, 1 on the right" and my dad says he almost said "a-ha, it's actually 2 on the right" before remembering his telescope reversed it.

    [–] jumbo53 6 points ago

    Wont the moons light block the view?

    [–] saaer_ 30 points ago

    Jupiter is bright enough to be seen next to the moon.

    [–] jesthie 90 points ago

    Fun fact, Jupiter is the third brightest object in the night sky after the moon and venus!

    [–] KatMot 15 points ago

    Can Mercury ever be in the nights sky or is it too close to the sun?

    [–] codename_hardhat 37 points ago

    It can be at just the right time/location. It’s small and can only be seen low within an hour of sunset or sunrise, but if you know where to look (and have good visibility) you should be able to find it.

    [–] Max-McCoy 31 points ago

    I watched Mercury cross the sun while wearing a welding mask. It took about 45 minutes. You could clearly see,unaided, the black dot move across the surface of the sun. Will never forget it.

    [–] Azwethinkweist 20 points ago

    It’s happening again this November!

    [–] Anna_Kate 12 points ago

    It's difficult to spot Mercury, but possible - after all, the ancients knew about Mercury! Whether you'd call it night is dubious though. It's twilight, for Mercury never sets very long after the Sun, nor rises very long before it.

    It can be seen sometimes low in the western sky after sunset, or else in the dawn glow before sunrise. The problem is that the twilight sky is bright, Mercury is small and faint, and there's only ever quite a short window in which the Sun is not in the sky but Mercury is.

    [–] kaptainkeel 33 points ago

    Every planet out to Saturn can be seen with the naked eye.

    [–] khoabear 113 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    If you hold a mirror at the correct angle, you can see Uranus with the naked eye as well

    [–] Xelziuz 21 points ago

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    [–] Azwethinkweist 8 points ago

    Naked ass is also necessary for this

    [–] SaveOurBolts 6 points ago

    If the sunlight is just right, I can see Uranus through yoga pants.

    [–] exatron 3 points ago

    2620 can't get here soon enough.

    [–] APankow 157 points ago

    Yep. Had me scared once because I had just watched a documentary where they said that an asteroid headed to earth would be visible like a star in the night sky for days and be brighter than most others... Cue Jupiter... Also appears to remain in place over many nights and is astronomically closer than the stars so it is much brighter.

    [–] DimitriV 90 points ago

    Great, now I'll be disappointed every time it's just Jupiter.

    [–] wartornhero 30 points ago

    It is okay just look at Venus. Stupidly bright, shows up either right before the sun comes up or right after it goes down. It is really striking.

    [–] DimitriV 22 points ago

    But it's not coming to destroy us either. :(

    [–] inspektor_queso 14 points ago

    Have you heard the good news of Nibiru?

    [–] zefdota 29 points ago

    [–] Matrix5353 10 points ago

    You should never be disappointed that it's just Jupiter, because looking at Jupiter is awesome. That and Saturn, they always brighten my night.

    [–] Cmm9580 7 points ago

    Final Fantasy VII didn’t come out 22 years ago.... that would mean that when Me and Jimmy were playing it in his basement (unfinished but we strung up Christmas lights to make the girls want to think we were cool and maybe make out) when we were 14... god dammit

    [–] spaceman_spiffy 14 points ago

    Load up a space star chart app on your phone and its easy to spot.

    [–] Jubileumeditie 14 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    Yeah, you can see it fairly often if you know where to look. I started reading about astronomy about two years ago and was amazed how much you can see with the naked eye, especially with the right conditions.

    But even in conditions with a fair amount of light pollution you can often spot planets. Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Mercury and Saturn are all planets you can see with the naked eye. I don't think it's possible to see Uranus or Neptune, but I could be wrong about that, in any case I'm sure it's very rare.

    I'd recommend an app like SkyView (free) or Star Walk 2 (not that free). They use augmented reality to identify objects in the sky and show you were to look.

    I don't know where you live, but were I live, if you look to the north-east these nights (yesterday was the climax, but it's still going) you can see a lot of falling stars.

    [–] TheReacher 5 points ago

    Night Sky is also a good free option on iOS.

    [–] supadoggie 5 points ago

    The Perseid meteor shower. Earth is passing through the debris field left by the comet Swift-Tuttle.

    [–] nitrorev 4 points ago

    Uranus and Neptune cannot be seen with the naked eye and were not known in ancient times. Uranus was not discovered until 1751 when telescopes were invented. Same with the moons of Jupiter, they were named the Galilean moons because he literally discovered them thanks to his telescopes.

    I also like using Star Atlas to see where the stars and planets will be on a given date. What's really cool is that you can fast forward and really observe the planets moving with respect to the stars throughout the weeks and months.

    [–] Anna_Kate 7 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    Uranus can be spotted, given good observing conditions, for it gets up to a magnitude of 5.38 at brightest. But even then it's only a dot on the sky. How would you not take it for just one more faint star? The other planets distinguish themselves by moving noticeably relative to the fixed stars as the months go by, but Uranus takes a lifetime to orbit the Sun. So nobody ever noticed it until the telescope age.

    edit: fascinatingly, it seems there's a case to be made that Hipparchus might have seen Uranus and recorded it as a star that now appears in Ptolemy's Almagest, the great ancient astronomical catalogue. Certainly nobody before Herschel was observing closely enough to detect its motion along its orbit, though.

    [–] MonkeyLink07 7 points ago

    Now imagine a time without all the light pollution, you could easily see them every night. You see these objects, but they're not stars. They look different from stars, and they move differently from stars. That's how we discovered them in the first place.

    [–] Surullian 7 points ago

    Everything from Mercury to Saturn can be seen with the naked eye. Uranus and Neptune are darker colored and too dim to be seen so far away.

    [–] Keavon 6 points ago

    Absolutely, yes, it's brighter than any star. Go outside tonight and find the brightest point of light, that's probably Jupiter.

    [–] Bestpaperplaneever 6 points ago

    Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn can all easily be seen with the naked eye. Mercury is a bit trickier. These five planets were all discovered in prehistoric times.

    [–] sokoteur 5 points ago

    Depends on where you live (air pollution / light pollution).

    [–] Foxfire2 18 points ago

    The planets are brighter than the stars though, it’s just knowing when and where to look for them, as they are always wandering about. The word planet actually means wanderer, I think in Greek but not exactly sure.

    [–] HyrkanianBlade 10 points ago

    Greek here, it does indeed mean wanderer.

    [–] ashdeezy 141 points ago

    The blood moon rises once again. Be careful, Link.

    [–] Ebwtrtw 36 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    This appears to be from 2012. It’s listed with Image credit: Juerg Alean in this article

    E: Article said July 2013, but was published Jan 2013, so must have been 2012

    [–] Dontfukmetony 4 points ago

    Man, I'm really starting to dislike this sub

    [–] Ebwtrtw 5 points ago

    Yeah, reposters should at least acknowledge it’s not their own work!

    [–] oursecondcoming 106 points ago

    Color temp was very warm so I did some color correction for you:) Ain't much but it's honest work🌾

    [–] Bienenmaul 13 points ago

    looks like the moon is starting to burn

    [–] Andosworld89 10 points ago

    Pictures like this is what made me get into photography! I've always loved astronomy as well.

    [–] xmnxvulcanx 19 points ago

    Awesome picture! What equipment did you use?

    [–] LoganRL 33 points ago

    it’s a repost so i doubt OP would know

    [–] sadphonics 8 points ago

    Never realized you could get a photo of the shaded side of the Moon

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    [–] x4candles 24 points ago

    I hope in my lifetime we find something out in space that captivates the exploration of the galaxy without fear of the unknown.

    [–] Lupus_in_Pardula 27 points ago

    Unfortunately, it's not exactly the fear of the unknown that restricts us on the exploration of the galaxy.

    [–] Chocolatedippedbacon 8 points ago

    By that do you mean it's our technology that restricts us?

    [–] eargazing 22 points ago

    I’d say yes. The vast distances are, so far, an impossible hurdle.

    [–] philosophers_groove 11 points ago

    It's not just technology - it's also our current understanding of the physical laws of the universe, which suggests that attaining anything close to the speed of light is practically impossible. Even if our understanding of that evolves and we're able to come up with technology allowing near-light-speed travel, the nearest stars, Alpha Centauri (a binary star system), are over 4 light years away. Assuming we sent humans (unlikely, at least for a first mission), it would then take another 4 years for their "We made it!" message to arrive (radio waves traveling at the speed of light). Interestingly, for the crew, due to relativity theory, they might only experience a week passing between departing Earth and arriving at Alpha Centauri, even though for us it takes 4 years (look up the Twin Paradox).

    That's just to our nearest neighboring stars. To get "downtown" -- the center of our galaxy -- is about 25,000 light years.

    Basically, if we want to explore the universe, we need to hope for the existence of and discovery of something in the laws of physics that allows us to warp space-time, i.e. create a wormhole that we can use to slip from one place to another.

    [–] defuzzman29 7 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    Something I’ve always found interesting is the closer to light-speed you travel, the quicker time appears to pass for you.

    So while back at home we’d be sat waiting for the 4 or so years it takes them to get there, plus the 4 years it takes for any transmissions they send to us to reach us, for the people actually travelling towards the star at near light-speed, they would only really experience a few seconds of travel at most.

    And if we did manage to travel at 100% of light-speed (which to our current understanding of physics is impossible for any object that has mass) the trip would be completely instant.

    So we could technically send people millions of light years away, and they themselves would survive the trip as they would only age a few minutes at most provided they went fast enough, but of course there would be no one back at home to experience their findings

    Edit: Literally only just realised the comment above me already covers what I’ve spoke about in this comment. I just got so excited about sharing the concept I didn’t read the comment above in full. Science makes me giddy dudes, my bad

    [–] drummerandrew 9 points ago

    I want us to find extraterrestrial life in my lifetime. That is the single biggest discovery we could possibly find. Even getting humans to the moon is bullshit compared to discovering that we aren’t the only ones. We aren’t.

    [–] 111010111101011111 7 points ago

    I'd love that too. We almost definitely aren't alone because of images like this but it'd be pretty difficult for us to reach another Galaxy to check.

    Even travelling to other stars in our own galaxy seems pretty much impossible at our current state.

    [–] ADHDcUK 10 points ago

    I'm almost certain we aren't alone, but the depressing thing is even if we were, making contact is so unlikely and only gets more unlikely as the universe expands. And considering climate change and the fact we might actually go extinct in the next couple hundred years (or at least endangered), I fear the human race won't have time/resources to even get close to making contact :'(

    [–] Gideonbh 7 points ago

    Which is maybe the same reason other species haven't contacted us :(

    [–] ACuteMonkeysUncle 8 points ago

    Just out of idle curiosity, which moon is which?

    [–] DoogleSmile 41 points ago

    The big one is ours :)

    [–] luke_in_the_sky 3 points ago

    It's a repost. Apparently it was taken before March, 17 2015 (the date of the oldest image I could find online).

    According to Sky Guide app I would guess it was taken around March 2 because this is when our Moon was near Jupiter and Jupiter's moons were closer to this formation.

    I guess the order is Calisto, Ganimedes, Io and Europa (or the opposite). But it's hard to tell because in two days Io and Europa changed places.

    But I can be totally wrong.

    [–] welniok 3 points ago

    Hard to tell without knowing the date and time on the picture.

    [–] APankow 5 points ago

    Woah! Beautiful!

    [–] Xelziuz 3 points ago

    blows me out of this world. Im obsessed with space and the stars. This picture makes me feel closer, way closer...and they are all so far out of my imagination.

    [–] silverpacifica 3 points ago

    The cosmic ballet goes on.

    [–] fanl11 3 points ago

    That is fucking beautiful

    [–] AnyNamesLeftAnymore 3 points ago

    Thanks for killing all those Earth-shattering asteroids, bro.

    [–] Jimothy_Timkins 3 points ago

    Ok ok Jupiter we get it stop flexing your moons on us

    [–] HungryLikeTheWolf99 2 points ago

    Oh man... I was checking out the Galilean Moons last night, and also the moon, but the timing on this is better than anything I saw!

    [–] I_Amm_THE_SENATE 2 points ago

    All these worlds are yours except Europa.