Goodnight, Earth

By Phil Plait | April 27, 2011 9:30 am

If we didn’t go into space, we’d never see such beauty as this:

Sunset over Bolivia, as seen by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Click it to get the glorious full size version.

And you know, this isn’t the reason to go into space, but it’s not a bad one. Not a bad one at all.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: NASA, Piece of mind, Pretty pictures, Space

Comments (9)

  1. Blazes yes. 8)

    Thinking Bolivia , that’s the realm of the tapir and today is World Tapir Day :


    I kid you not. ūüėČ

    Also world guide dog day too if what I heard on the radio is right.

  2. Ira

    It’s really “Goodnight, Bolivia”. As a scientist you are expected to acknowledge it’s always sunrise and sunset somewhere on earth, so saying “Goodnight, Earth” makes no temporal or contextual sense unless you are an evil scientist sending it at a spiral into the sun :-)

  3. Cmdr. Awesome

    @1. Yes. Well. Notice that Phil is bald. And has a goatee. And has a suspiciously dark laugh. And invokes occult Gods (Haleakala must be some sort of occult deity.)

    Draw your own conclusions.

  4. Adam K

    Thanks for showing this at your talk last night.

  5. Keith Bowden

    I always liked the Animaniacs parody of Goodnight, Moon.

    Lovely shot; new wallpaper!

  6. whoschad


    Look at the atmospheric ‘force-field’ protecting the earth. It seriously looks like magic. If I didn’t live here, I wouldn’t believe it.

  7. Vex

    @3 Cmdr. Awesome:

    You piqued my interest… quick visit to the wiki page for Haleakala shows that in Hawaiian folklore, they figured the grandmother of the demigod Maui lived at the summit. And apparently she helped Maui capture the sun so it could be slowed down (to lenghten the day).

    Hmm – does seem to further support your post ūüėČ

  8. dwgsp

    This image would make a great desktop wallpaper image. Does anyone where I could find a high resolution version?

  9. Alia

    TEEHEE New background!!! I get all of them from this blog, HA!


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