This is what Earth looks like from Mars

This view of the twilight sky and Martian horizon taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover includes Earth as the brightest point of light in the night sky. Earth is a little left of center in the image, and our moon is just below Earth.

Can you see it? Not yet? Well lean in a little bit closer and look at the white dot. No, that’s not a dead pixel. That Infinitesimal point in the Martian sky is the planet we call home.

The humbling photo comes courtesy of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories and was snapped by our envoy the Mars Curiosity rover.

NASA says:

Researchers used the left eye camera of Curiosity’s Mast Camera (Mastcam) to capture this scene about 80 minutes after sunset on the 529th Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s work on Mars (Jan. 31, 2014). The image has been processed to remove effects of cosmic rays.

The distance between the two cosmic neighbors was a mere 99 million miles (160 million km). I have to admit that it’s an incredibly beautiful photo. Here is a larger image.

Someone, anthropomorphically speaking, is sitting on another planet looking back at us and communicating with us. That’s a mindblowing thought. Before too long, I expect that it will actually be humans transcending stellar and physiological boundaries to send messages back to Earth from another planet.

The final frontier, indeed.


Please Help Me Win A Camera For My Birthday!

An Explosion In The Sky

I’ve been brave enough to enter a photography competition on Facebook. I’ve been doing well so far and I’m currently in second place. I’m not really a birthday person, but the contest ends on September 30th and the prize is a camera. As a budding photographer, I would love to win this prize. My birthday is on October 3rd as well, so it would be a killer present.

Unfortunately, I am not getting the votes I need to win the competition, so I need your help.

Please click here or the link below to go to my photo (the same one as above) and simply “LIKE” the photo. That’s it. It takes two seconds and a Facebook account. If you don’t have a Facebook account, then no worries. If you don’t have 2 seconds, then you need to stop and smell the roses once in awhile. Start by liking my photo 🙂

You don’t have to sign up for any group or newsletter and you don’t have to give out any information. You won’t be sent any messages or emails either. It’s a simple effortless gesture and I would truly appreciate it. While I can’t promise to share the prize with all those who vote, I can promise to keep taking great photos and sharing those with you 🙂 You can check out some of my work here.

A big thank you in advance to everyone who votes. I truly appreciate it. Also, please share, reblog, tweet or whatever and pass it on to your friends and networks.

Photo link:


Through The Iris

I would like to announce the unveiling of my new photography blog:

Through The Iris

All pictures are taken, processed, edited, created and conjured by me. Henceforth, it will be the future site for all my photography related work. I guess that’s why it’s called a photo-blog. As it is a work in progress, I will endeavor to keep it updated and interesting with new pictures.

So please like it, follow it, share it, and comment on it. Good or bad, I would love to hear the feedback.