My wife recently showed me a video of these wildflowers in California, the Carrizo Plains Wildflowers, and how this bloom is the biggest ever, and how beautiful it is, and how you can see it from space. And the pictures from space are amazing.
Then I started thinking about how when I was a kid, I heard the Great Wall Of China could be seen from space. And back then it meant something. It meant it was so big that if you were in outside space on a ship or a satellite or a great glass elevator, and you looked down at the earth, you would see it. Because it was visible from space. Even though it turns out that it’s not.
But watching that video of the wildflowers, the footage from outer space was from a satellite, probably Google Earth, showing a close up view of the wildflowers. Don’t get me wrong, the view was still from way up high above, it wasn’t like you were flying over it in a hot air balloon or something. But even still, it was close enough that it wasn’t necessarily from outer space, but that’s where the satellite was that took the pictures. Outer space.
The point I’m trying to make here is, our satellites have the ability to zoom down from where they are, floating around in their own little orbit around our planet, all the way to the very surface of earth, and can look at shit like a blade of grass clearly, as if they were just standing above it with their cell phone snapping a grass selfie. Hell, the Hubble is so powerful it can see galaxies bazillions of light years away. If they turned that toward earth they could probably zoom down to a microscopic level and tell us what bacteria is crawling on our faces.
So now, to say something is visible from space, isn’t such a big deal. We think it is because that’s what we’re used to thinking, but it really isn’t a big deal. Everything is visible from space now. Hell, they’re probably looking from the moon directly through your window and watching you read this right now. They’re probably reading this over your shoulder. HI SPACE PEOPLE!
I think it’s super cool. I really do. That’s my kinda stuff. Outer space rules. It’s big, has other planets and galaxies and rocks, and no people or Kardashians!
But to say something is visible from space, show me how it’s actually visible from space and not with a space-to-earth telescope. Unless it’s a bunch of pretty wildflowers, then I want to see that up close. Like it was in the video.
So I guess what I’m trying to say here is, good job, space people who took those pics of the wildflowers. Good job.