Years ago I had the telescope out and had some of my neighbors take an interest . Viewing was better than ever and I was after Gas Super Giant Saturn . Those are usually further from a main Sun and failed Suns themselves lacking sufficient mass for fusion . They are huge too ( Jupiter especially ) and even puny Saturn would contain 2600 Earths . Both , are very far away indeed so even considering their size , and even w a good Telescope they will look small . That night Saturn looked like a Pencil head on . The Rings were tilted towards me , but the center was clear and bright . Something like this , only smaller .
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A Golden Record is aboard our Voyager I w the voices of children , the sounds of whales , Beethoven , and Mozart , ( dedicated to the musicians of every world and time ) and as much info into life on Earth as we could impart . Sagan said this about it ...."The spacecraft will be encountered and the record played only if there are advanced space-faring civilizations in interstellar space. But the launching of this 'bottle' into the cosmic 'ocean' says something very hopeful about life on this planet." Thus the record is best seen as a time capsule or a symbolic statement more than a serious attempt to communicate with extraterrestrial life " ....
Ok , me again , noting it likely that radio waves will be our first contact . They can reach much farther than we can . ' Here we are ' ( were ) , and we threw this ball clear over the fence . Pretty Cool , huh ? " That is what Voyager said . It was . It is . Why doesn't the USA shoot for the stars like this anymore ?
Answer : Because Erkel has tasked NASA to Global Warming advocacy , and enhancing the self esteem of muslims . He seems to have fallen a little short of real achievement but that 36 year 12 Billion mile journey can at least offer us a sense of scale to his 16 Trillion in Debt generated in 5 short years . The difference is an order of magnitude , or few . The man does not just lack vision , but awareness as well . Fact is the USA rocks , and Voyager is a tiny piece of the proof . If only he felt the same .