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“A Pale Blue Dot” by Joel Somerfield

A visualization of Carl Sagan’s famed Pale Blue Dot monologue, where he muses on our planet’s appearance in a photograph taken by the Voyager 1 space probe – the most distant photograph ever taken of Earth. Joel Somerfield of East London-based digital production house, Order, created this film in his free-time, working on it periodically over the last 3 months. Designed and created in After Effects with music from Cosmos and spoken words from Sagan.

(Thanks, Graeme Edgeler)

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  • Jon H

    This speech never fails to give me chills, and great visuals!

  • I think it’s distracting and takes away from Sagan’s message.

    Cute, though.

  • Bruce R

    hard for visuals to match the thoughts and words, we each see different things when hearing them. It is a great way to introduce the poem however, and did it well with a minimalist treatment of images. I think is was successful as an animated poem, giving color and movement throughout the verse.

  • Inkan1969

    Lovely short. I would not have written the words out, though. The imaginary is enough to illustrate the statement. And it IS a compelling statement; we occupy such a tiny fraction of all the space out there.