On a day-to-day basis, we don’t often stop and think about how small we are compared to the vast universe. Some people prefer not to ponder the fact that we are all living on a tiny blue dot, floating in space. For others, this is a humbling thought, providing a different perspective on the world.
Since humanity has been venturing into space, our cameras haven’t only been pointed to what is beyond Earth, but also back at the planet itself. Photographs taken by astronauts show us a different view of the places and events we experience daily. Something that may seem enormous on Earth, seems relatively small from space. Check out these incredible photos taken from space, in many ways perspective-altering, but all-in-all breathtakingly beautiful. All pictures courtesy of Nasa
This major environmental issue can be seen from space as well. This portion of the Amazon rain forest has lost over 965 square miles of forest in the span of 37 years. The forest as a whole has lost 139,000 square miles since the 1980s.
The Amazon River
The Pyramids of Giza
The man-made architectural wonders may seem small compared to other buildings, but this picture shows just how incredible they are.
The Grand Canyon
The border between India and Pakistan
The 9/11 terrorist attacks
2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami
The Great Barrier Reef
This photo is proof that yes, the water really is that blue! This remarkable natural wonder is located on the coast of eastern Australia. The reef is made up of more than 900 islands stretching for 1,600 miles.
North and South Korea
The Ganges River Delta
The changing of the seasons
This animated Gif demonstrates visualy how the seasons of the earth change.