A Landmark Decision

By Tom Yulsman | June 26, 2015 11:17 am
Earth image: GOES-East weather satellite. LGBT flag:  Lukas Volk/Flickr Creative Commons. Photoshop composite: Tom Yulsman

Earth image: GOES-East weather satellite. LGBT flag: Lukas Volk/Flickr Creative Commons. Photoshop composite: Tom Yulsman

Here at ImaGeo, I’ve mostly stuck to reporting, analyzing and commenting on science from a journalistic perspective, with a strong focus on compelling imagery.

But with today’s landmark decision by the Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states, I thought I’d depart from that practice just this once — with the image above.

In one small measure, it is in keeping with ImaGeo: The remote sensing image is a view of the Western Hemisphere acquired this morning by the GOES-East weather satellite. As for the flag, it is, of course, a symbol of the LGBT movement. I’ve composited the two images using Photoshop.

I realize that people of good will have honest disagreements over the issue of gay marriage. I very much respect that.

And now, back to science — specifically, a post about the approach to Pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft. I was working on it when the Supreme Court decision came down. Stay tuned for that post a bit later today.

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ImaGeo

ImaGeo is a visual blog focusing on the intersection of imagery, imagination and Earth. It focuses on spectacular visuals related to the science of our planet, with an emphasis (although not an exclusive one) on the unfolding Anthropocene Epoch.

About Tom Yulsman

Tom Yulsman is Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism and a Professor of Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He also continues to work as a science and environmental journalist with more than 30 years of experience producing content for major publications. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Audubon, Climate Central, Columbia Journalism Review, Discover, Nieman Reports, and many other publications. He has held a variety of editorial positions over the years, including a stint as editor-in-chief of Earth magazine. Yulsman has written one book: Origins: the Quest for Our Cosmic Roots, published by the Institute of Physics in 2003.

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