11 Real Images From The Solar System!


From the planets themselves, to views of the
solar system from afar, join me as we show you REAL AMAZING Images FROM THE SOLAR SYSTEM!
11. The Earth From Afar It’s only appropriate that we start off this
look at the solar system by checking out an image of the Earth itself. This is after all
the planet that we live on, and in many ways are trying to get out from under because right
now it’s the only place we can live. But there have been a lot of misconceptions about the
Earth that have only been debunked because of our adventures in space, and this picture
here shows that. For example, no, the Earth is not flat, it’s
a sphere (why people ever thought it was flat is beyond me!) and it’s a very lovely sphere
at that. What’s more, when this picture was taken on the moon (more on that in a minute),
it showed that the distance between the Earth and the moon was so great (238,900 miles)
that as you sit on the moon and look back at the planet you came from…the Earth looks
small. Now, as for where the photo itself came from,
that would be Apollo 11. You know, the mission we took that got us to the moon? Yeah, this
picture was taken during the time that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked upon the
surface of the moon, an honor that only a handful of people have had the honor of doing.
Looking at a picture like this really helps put things into perspective about our place
in the universe, because while we may feel big, if you put enough distance between us,
everything looks small. Speaking of which…. 10. Pale Blue Dot
This image right here is a legendary one that was taken at the request of Carl Sagan, a
legendary scientist and astronomer. He asked that on February 14th, 1990, that the Voyager
1 (a spacecraft that was launched from Earth to try and reach the outer edges of our solar
system) take a picture of Earth from its viewpoint. The picture perfectly showed why the universe
is so big, and why the Earth itself is so small.
Sagan later wrote a book called “Pale Blue Dot”, and he made a legendary speech about
why the Earth isn’t as important as we think it is, and that we should take stock of ourselves
because of it. Here’s an excerpt from the book:
“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. The Earth is a very small stage in a vast
cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors
so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction
of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel
on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings,
how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged
position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a
lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness,
there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.”
Kind of makes you think, doesn’t it? 9. The Rings Of Saturn
If you were to right now think about what you believe is the most beautiful thing in
our solar system, you might think of Earth from the outside view, but no doubt your mind
would eventually wander to that of the Rings of Saturn.
Ever since we discovered the Rings of Saturn they have been a fascination for us, and images
like this further cement exactly what kind of beauty we are talking about here. The imagine,
given to us by NASA, shows the way the rings stand out in both the light and the shadow
of the planet. We can also clearly see the lines in the rings that help give them more
depth and beauty. Showing that there clearly “rings” of Saturn and not just a single big
one. We’re not the only ones to like the rings
of Saturn, as there are many others who like to look at them as well:
“if only because everything that came out of [the Saturn probe] Cassini, including raw
images of the planet, moons, and rings, were pure works of art. There is something about
these images that feels multisensory and also reminds me of the music of the spheres—almost
as if the arrangements, shadows, light are sound in motion.”
That’s a lovely way of describing it. 8. The Earliest Pictures Of Jupiter
I want you to think about the pictures you’ve already seen on this list. There’s been one
that was taken on the moon, one that was taken billions of miles from Earth, and one that
was taken right next to Saturn. What do all of those things have in common? Technology,
specifically, the benefit of advanced technology, which the earliest of astronomers didn’t have.
We’ve known about the other planets for centuries, but to actually “see” them you needed to have
powerful telescopes, and you couldn’t just pass pictures around of them.
That’s why pictures like this one of Jupiter, taken in 1906, is so important, and so amazing.
For it was pictures like these that were able to help quantify what the planets were like
and describe them to others not with words, but with pictures.
Astronomer E. E. Barnard took this photo of Jupiter using the Yerkes Observatory’s 40-inch
refractor telescope in 1906. That means this photo was taken nearly 125 years ago! Think
about how different the world was back in that time, and what something like this helped
show about the space above our heads. And now think about all of the high-definition
pictures we’re able to take of stars and planets, it truly shows you how far we’ve come. 7. Uranus
Yes, you can make jokes here if you want, but Uranus is not only a key planet in our
solar system, but it’s one that actually doesn’t get enough credit for how simple in look,
but complex in action, that it is. For example, when you look at a picture like this, you
see one color, which isn’t something you see in any other planet on our solar system, not
even Mercury or Mars. But the reason for that is its makeup, which allows it to be the coldest
planet in our solar system. Why is Uranus so much colder than Neptune
or Pluto? While many of the other planets in our solar system have a core that emits
a lot of heat, Uranus doesn’t. So by that token, while it does get heat from the sun,
it doesn’t emit as much as the other planets, even Neptune emits more heat than Uranus and
it’s much farther from the sun than its twin. “Uranus is the only giant planet that is not
giving off significantly more heat than it is receiving from the Sun, and we don’t know
why that is,” says Mark Hofstadter, a planetary scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
So when you look at a picture like this of Uranus, it’s ok to think that it’s simple,
but it’s not, it’s cold, it’s on a ‘funny tilt’, it has rings that almost no one can
see, and so on and so forth. It LOOKS basic, but it’s not.
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6. Comets In Motion Comets get a lot of attention here on Earth,
but there are also points of contention of what they are and aren’t.
First off, Comets aren’t rocks at all, they’re ice, water, and dust, and they look MUCH cooler
than all the other space rocks. You see, Asteroids, Meteoroids, Meteors & Meteorites are all solid
rock, inside and out. Sometimes they have metal as well, but the point here is that
they’re solid. For a comet though, it’s a nucleus of ice and gasses that have been formed
together and they remain in a state of non-solidity that causes them to be much different. Just
as important though, while most Asteroids, Meteoroids, Meteors & Meteorites have atypical
orbits or are kept in check by planets, Comets have a direct line of orbit with the sun.
Which is why they look how they do. Because as they circle the sun, they start to have
their ice melted and their gasses expanded, and that creates the unique comet feature
called a coma. You know it as its “tail”. This coma can streak across the sky, and can
even be thousands of miles long! That’s important to note because Comets are
so bright that they can be seen from Earth at quite a distance, not unlike the stars
in the sky. Which is poetic, because of this picture right here. This is a photo of the
Daniel comet, also known as C/1907 L2, taken with the Bruce 10-inch photographic telescope
at the Yerkes Observatory, August 21, 1907. Through this picture, we can see the comet
perfectly streaking through space with its tail dangling behind it. And if one comet
looks like this, imagine all the others that are out there in the sky moving around. 5. Venus and the Sun
Venus is known as our “sister planet”, but it’s anything but a true twin, because while
it may only be a little smaller than Earth, it’s also a greenhouse planet that has massively
hot temperatures and an atmosphere that we can’t breathe in, and barely see through at
times. Yet that doesn’t stop it from being beautiful at times when the situation works
out. Take a look at this picture. This is a shot
of Venus as it orbits the sun, and this shot is truly stunning. You can see the surface
of the sun and all the little details that the heat and gasses render upon it, and then
to see the planet Venus just completely shrouded in darkness as it circles is visually very
beautiful. And if you look at the top left part of the planet you’ll see a yellow outline
no doubt imposed by the sun blasting its rays upon the planet.
These are the kinds of pics that show that timing, even in something as large as the
solar system, is everything. 4. Our First Look At Earth From Space
We’ve already shown you a view of the Earth from the moon, but you want to go and see
the first picture of Earth from space, you have to look 23 years previous:
“The first photo of Earth from above came from a jerry-rigged rocket. On October 24,
1946, scientists strapped a 33mm motion-picture camera to a captured German V-2 rocket and
launched the whole thing into space.” First of all, wow, I can’t believe that worked,
and the series of events that went into trying to make this happen. Anyway, after launching
the V2 rocket into space, the rocket reached a max altitude of 65 miles, then it crashed
back down to Earth. Yet despite the rocket itself being destroyed in the impact, the
film survived. It was the first picture taken of Earth from space, and it confirmed a lot
of things about our planet, all the while building up the desire to go into space to
get better pictures, bigger pictures, and see exactly the Earth had to show us visually. 3. Jupiter Moving
Personally? I just think this image looks cool. It was taken by Voyager 1 in 1979, and
over the course of 70 days it approached the planet and showed it moving. Look at those
different rotations! Very cool. 2. Pluto
I just miss Pluto being a planet, how about you? Anyway, this picture shows in great detail
why many felt that Pluto was a planet for many years. Look at its surface, the way that
it looks like a truly rocky planet. Will Pluto ever be a planet again in the eyes
of the world? Do you want it to be a planet again? Let me know…let the WORLD know… 1. That’s One Small Step For Man…
When it comes to our solar system, there are many things that we have taken pictures of.
But, in terms of importance, few are as important as this shot right here of Buzz Aldrin on
the moon. Aldrin and Armstrong were the first two men on the moon, and they were the ones
who helped solidify that we could make it there, that space was a place we could travel
to, and that we just had to push for it. This picture, among others taken during the
missions, were the definitive point of the Space Race, cementing the United States as
the victor. But what’s more, it inspired a whole generation of people who wanted to work
to be the next person onto the moon, into space, and for those training right now, to
be the first people on Mars. Boldly go young astronauts, boldly go… Thanks for watching everyone! What do you
think of these amazing pictures of the solar system? Do any of them change your outlook
on the planets, stars, and other objects that are within our space? Do you know of any other
pictures that really help show off the beauty of the universe? Let me know in the comments
below, be sure to subscribe, and I’ll see you next time on the channel!

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