Earth in Context

There’s a lot on this website to help our readers ‘zoom out’, so to speak:
Enablers like The Power of Perspective, or pages like the one on Time.

Humility is a virtue with near limitless potential. Just as far as we can shift our view, zooming out to put our experiences in context, may we be soothed by a sense of comfortable insignificance.

Have you ever looked up at the sky and felt small? Ever gazed at a mountain in the distance and felt your problem shrink a bit?

This page is an homage to the earth itself as a means of context in our own life.
Believe it or not, your life is not the only one happening on this big rock. In fact, it is only one among many happening RIGHT NOW.

And when we consider how many other lives have happened on this planet already, it can give us a stronger sense of belonging; even a sense of ease around the existential challenges we face during life. And to think, the human species isn’t even the big story of our planet. We’ve only been around for the last .004 percent of the lifetime of the planet!

Videos

Here is the reality we all live in. This video shows the actual scale of the existence we are a part of. It can be easy to forget how big the universe is.

Another brilliant rendition of the famous “Powers of Ten” video, showing us the true scale of earth, our lives, and everything we know.

The oldest living things in the world: “This tree was a sapling during the Mayan empire, and is still living today.”

“The internal engines of plate techtonics are indifferent to life.” This video from the new Cosmos shows Earth’s timescale…way bigger than that of us humans.

This “Cosmic Calendar” from Neil Degrasse Tyson’s new Cosmos shows the timescale of the universe depicted as one earth year. You will be astounded if you’ve never seen it before.

“That’s Here. That’s Home. That’s us. On it, every one you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, everyone who ever was, lived out their lives.”
This is a classic must-see from Carl Sagan.

Life After People
What would happen to planet earth if the human race were to suddenly disappear forever? Would ecosystems thrive? What remnants of our industrialized world would survive?

It IS a small world, after all.
How easy it can be to forget the vast diversity of cultures in the world. Even as an adult, revisiting this Disney song can be a lesson in humility and global human unity.

Earth in Detail

One hour of 4k video of Earth from space.

The Indian Ocean in 4k, over a few days.

A collection of some of the best footage from the International Space Station.