our earth one day

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James McAvoy being a cutie dork and looking at us during The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Premiere in Cannes Film Festival - 17.05.2014. (Selfie and story here)

This earth will grow cold,
a star among stars
              and one of the smallest,
a gilded mote on blue velvet—
 I mean this, our great earth.
This earth will grow cold one day,
not like a block of ice
or a dead cloud even
but like an empty walnut it will roll along
 in pitch-black space …
You must grieve for this right now
—you have to feel this sorrow now—
for the world must be loved this much
                              if you’re going to say “I lived”…
—  Nazim Hikhmet, On Living 
you are your own universe.
existing in anomalies that defy and define yourself
people orbit around you and in the same stroke fall out of your orbit, likened to how our own moon will one day betray our earth
people betray you.
but you are still lovely.
and for the days where you liken yourself to a black hole remember that black holes leave light in the paths they make –
your self destruction is not the end,
gravity may weigh you down but living unbound can be merciless my friend.
—  things I should to you but never will ( @outerspacepoet )
Largest Collection of Planets EVER Discovered!

Guess what!? Our Kepler mission has verified 1,284 new planets, which is the single largest finding of planets to date. This gives us hope that somewhere out there, around a star much like ours, we can possibly one day discover another Earth-like planet.

But what exactly does that mean? These planets were previously seen by our spacecraft, but have now been verified. Kepler’s candidates require verification to determine if they are actual planets, and not another object, such as a small star, mimicking a planet. This announcement more than doubles the number of verified planets from Kepler.

Since the discovery of the first planets outside our solar system more than two decades ago, researchers have resorted to a laborious, one-by-one process of verifying suspected planets. These follow-up observations are often time and resource intensive. This latest announcement, however, is based on a statistical analysis method that can be applied to many planet candidates simultaneously.

They employed a technique to assign each Kepler candidate a planet-hood probability percentage – the first such automated computation on this scale, as previous statistical techniques focused only on sub-groups within the greater list of planet candidates identified by Kepler. 

What that means in English: Planet candidates can be thought of like bread crumbs. If you drop a few large crumbs on the floor, you can pick them up one by one. But, if you spill a whole bag of tiny crumbs, you’re going to need a broom. This statistical analysis is our broom.

The Basics: Our Kepler space telescope measures the brightness of stars. The data will look like an EKG showing the heart beat. Whenever a planet passes in front of its parent star a viewed from the spacecraft, a tiny pulse or beat is produced. From the repeated beats, we can detect and verify the existence of Earth-size planets and learn about their orbits and sizes. This planet-hunting technique is also known as the Transit Method.

The number of planets by size for all known exoplanets, planets that orbit a sun-like star, can be seen in the above graph. The blue bars represent all previously verified exoplanets by size, while the orange bars represent Kepler’s 1,284 newly validated planets announced on May 10.

While our original Kepler mission has concluded, we have more than 4 years of science collected that produced a remarkable data set that will be used by scientists for decades. The spacecraft itself has been re-purposed for a new mission, called K2 – an extended version of the original Kepler mission to new parts of the sky and new fields of study.

The above visual shows all the missions we’re currently using, and plan to use, in order to continue searching for signs of life beyond Earth.

Following Kepler, we will be launching future missions to continue planet-hunting , such as the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), and the James Webb Space Telescope. We hope to continue searching for other worlds out there and maybe even signs of life-as-we-know-it beyond Earth.

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Every day is “Earth Day”; if we didn’t have our earth, we would never know a day. One day of recognition per year can never compensate for a year of apathy and irresponsibility; mindfulness regarding the health of our planet should be as natural and obvious as breathing.
—  John Paul Moscatello

WE BURP W-WE FINALLY DID IT, MORTY. WE HAVE BECOME ONE AND THE SAME, W-W-WE HAVE REACHED SCIENCE’S FINAL DESTINATION, MORTY. BEHOLD, OUR FINAL FORM: RICK NYE THE SANCHEZ G*BURP*UY, NOW WITH OUR FLESH AND BLOOD MINGLED INTO THE UUURP INTO THE PERFECT BODY, NO ONE’S GOING TO GET IN OUR WAY, MORTY, NO ONE. FROM THIS DAY FORWARD THE EARTH SHALL FEAR THE ALMIGHTY POWER OF SCIENCE, THERE ARE NO GODS, NO MASTERS, NO GENDERS, NO ZLUMPFT AND THERE DEFINITELY IS NO FUCKING VANILLA ICE CREAM, JUST ME, MORTY, MEEE. FEEL MY WRATH FOR YOU ARE NO LONGER A MERE MORTAL WITH FREE WILL, YOU SHALL BOW DOWN AND PAY TRIBUTE TO MY PERFECT SCIENCEY IMAGE, MORTY. WE WILL SHUT DOWN EVERY SINGLE FAST FOOD RESTAURANT IN THE UURP*NIVERSE, AND REPLACE THEM WITH MUM-MULAN… SZECHUAN S-SAUCE. EVERY SINGLE RESTAURANT IN THE WORLD WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED TO SERVE SZECHUAN SAUCE, MORTY, THIS IS NO LONGER THE EARTH YOU ONCE LOVED MORTY, WELCOME TO A NEW WORLD WHERE THE ONLY FOOD AVAILABLE IS *BUUUURP IS MULAN'S™ SZECHUAN SAUCE™© All rights reserved 2017, THOSE WHO DON’T LIKE THIS NECTAR SHALL BE PUNISHED THROUGH STARVATION. HAHAHAHA YEAH, I AM FUCKING GOD, MORTY, I KNOW I SAID THERE WAS NO GOD PLENTY OF TIMES BEFORE, MORTIMER, BUT I’VE FINALLY ACHIEVED ENLIGHTMENT AND REALIZED… THAT THERE IS A GOD, AND THAT GOD IS MEEE. YOU’RE ALL NOTHING MORE THAN A GAME TO ME, Y*BURP*YOU’RE ALL TRAPPED IN HERE WITH ME FOR ALL ETERNITY, I CAN MANIPULATE AND WALK ALL OVER YOU IF I WANT TO, AND I DEFINITELY WIIILL, AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA, WAMA-LAMA-DIIIING-DOOOONG!

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nothing makes me feel less capable of human existence than biting the inside of my own mouth.

“We are part of the UNIVERSE. Our earth was created from the universe and will one day be reabsorbed into the universe. We are made of the same matter and energy as the universe.
We are not in exile here: we are at home … The universe creates us, preserves us, destroys us. It is deep and old beyond our ability to reach with our senses. It is beautiful beyond our ability to describe in words. It is complex beyond our ability to fully grasp in science. This wonder is everywhere inside you and outside you and you can never be separated from it.”
~ Paul Harrison

The Day You Survived

Glenn Rhee Imagine

Spoiler for season 6 Episode 3 ahead!!!


Imagine being with Maggie after she was told what happened. Late at night Daryl comes home with a big surprise.

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I was sitting in the living room holding Maggie’s hand. It was cold as ice, her eyes were red from crying too much. When she finally looked at me, there was such a pained look on her face that I could hardly bear it.
“I knew this day would come”, she whispered wiping her eyes with a tissue she had almost completely torn apart. “But I never thought it would be so soon. I thought we had more time left.” Her voice was cracking and barely audible. I didn’t know what to say. She was right, we all knew that our days on earth were counted, that we could lose our loved ones at any day, but when it happened… there was no way to prepare for it. And telling yourself over and over again that you had this day coming and that you should be grateful for the time you had with that person, that really didn’t make it any better either. There was just no way to prepare for the death of your husband, family or best friend. 

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Feliz día Tierra 🌎🌍🌏♻️

Everyday Is Earth Day
Everyday is earth day,
Or at least it should be.
We should take steps every day
to save our planet, don’t you agree?

Try walking when it’s practical,
And skip driving a car.
It will help cut down emissions
And raise air quality by far.

Reuse, renew, recycle,
Think of how much you throw away.
Our earth can only hold so much trash,
One day there’ll be the devil to pay.

And when it comes to littering,
It’s not enough to clean up after yourself.
Leave places better than you find them,
And pick up litter left by someone else.

Don’t spray your garden with pesticides,
Protect the birds and the bees.
Choose natural ways of deterring pests,
That won’t carry poisons in the breeze.

These are easy things we all can do,
To protect the earth for future generations.
If we continue to ignore all the warning signs,
We’ll face sad and irreversible ramifications

In many countries around the world April 22 is recognized as Earth Day and that certainly means a lot to us at Daily Overview. Our project was inspired by and gets its name from an idea known as the Overview Effect. This phrase refers to the profound emotional sensation that astronauts experience when given the opportunity to look down at our Earth from space. From a distant vantage point, they have the chance to appreciate our home as a whole, to reflect on its beauty and its fragility all at once.

This photograph is one of the first to capture a full Overview of Earth, taken by astronaut Bill Anders during NASA’s Apollo 8 mission in December, 1968.

We hope after more than two years of Overview posts we have inspired a similarly powerful perspective of our planet and the impact that we have here. Starting today and throughout the week, we’ll also be doing a takeover on the Greenpeace Instagram feed, providing our unique vantage point to show different examples of what human impact looks like and how important it is to protect our planet. So here’s to a great Earth Day and to the treasure that is our one and only home.

Image courtesy of @NASA