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The Saint and the Pale Blue Dot — 1 Comment

  1. One of my favorite quotes from the pre-Copernican era concerning the insignificance of the Earth vis a vis the universe is from Dante’s Paradiso, Canto XXII, where he looks downward at the Earth from the Sphere of the Fixed Stars:

    “My eyes went back through the seven spheres below, and I saw this globe, so small, so lost in space, I had to smile at such a sorry show.”

    So much for the ancient world supposedly inflating the importance of our Earth in the Cosmic Scheme of Things!

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