Need some perspective? Check out how teensy-tiny Earth looks from Mars—48 million miles away.
From the global pandemic to the fight against racial injustices, everything happening in our world seems massive right now. Leave it to NASA's Curiosity Rover on Mars to give us a bigger picture.
On June 5, Curiosity aimed its camera (called Mastcam) at the night sky, not long after sunset, so scientists could examine the brightness of Mars' twilight, which is brighter right now due to the presence of more dust particles reflecting sunlight.
In the image, which is technically a panorama of two images (where Earth appeared in one, and Venus appeared in the other), both planets show up as "mere pinpoints of light."
There we are!! That's us:
Courtesy of NASA
If you're having trouble finding them, look for the tiny white speck to the left of each of the planet names.
Earth is 48,678,219 miles away from Mars, and Venus is even farther from the Red Planet, at 74,402,987 miles.
If seeing our whole world as a teensy-tiny pinpoint in the Mars sky doesn't make all of us feel like our life and problems are kind of small and insignificant in the greater scheme of things, then I don't know what to say. The universe is massive, and sometimes it's nice to get a little perspective.
What do you think? Does outer space overwhelm you like it does us? Tell us in the comments!