Set to the words of Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot is an animation that situates human history against the tapestry of the cosmos. Using a eclectic combination of art styles woven seamlessly together through music and visuals, the animation seeks to remind us that regardless of our differences, we are one species living together on the planet we call Earth.

“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”
Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

An infographic companion providing contextual information to certain scenes of the animation can be viewed at https://www.behance.net/gallery/24360403/The-Human-Condition-Data-behind-the-Pale-Blue-Dot

Animation and screenplay by: Chin Li Zhi
Music and sound design by: Leo Frick
Supervised by: Ishu Patel & Florian Käppler

Produced at NTU ADM in collaboration with Studiengang Musikdesign

And if that wasn’t enough Pale Blue Dot goodness, here’s an infographic produced by the folks over at Zen Pencils – a different take on the classic passage.

Carl Sagan Pale Blue Dot Comic

  • Platopus

    But Carl, why can’t we measure the pale blue Earth’s slope on the surface? It should be 8″ per mile… and where are the REAL HD photos of this pale blue dot? The ones I see look fake, there are supposed to be 1,ooo of satellites orbiting all over the place, yet there are no photos of the WHOLE pbd? Why doesn’t our Hubble Telescope take a picture of our Pale Blue Dot? Or even our Moon? Is that too much to ask? Apparently so.