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Chicago from space Chris Hatfield

[photo courtesy of huffingtonpost.com; taken by Canadian astronaut and amazing person, Colonel Chris Hadfield]

To start the week I thought it would be a wonderful motivator to share our fair Chicagoland from afar; space far, to be precise.

A good friend from Canada was visiting us here in Chicago during the past few days.  We went to the Adler Planetarium (I’ll be writing a post about the Adler sometime soon) which inspired me to write a post about Chicago from a different perspective.

The majestic and magical wonder of seeing one’s city from ‘out there in space’ is an extraordinarily humbling experience, wouldn’t you agree?

chicago from space

[photo courtesy of gapersblock.com; photo taken by seasoned American Astronaut Ron Garan]

The thoughts I feel when I look at these photos all come back to the same thing:  togetherness.  When we see ourselves from the eyes of an astronaut, it should remind us that we are all riding on the planet collectively; to me, this is an important reminder of perspective.  Perhaps it takes an astronaut with an ability to allow us to see the world as one in order for us to grasp its importance.

I hope you have a wonderful Monday; let your perspective of each other become those of the “space seers”!

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22 thoughts on “Chicago’s space from, well, SPACE!!

  1. I’ve got a photo of Cyprus from space at night-time, fascinating perspective.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Oh I bet it looks amazing! I think we all need the space perspective now and again!! Cher xo

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  2. Space photo’s of Earth are always Amazing!.. and the light pollution we can see in evidence of how much we burn 🙂 . What always strikes me is that your streets really are in blocks… here in the UK our roads twist and turn.. where as your cities are in straight lines… and you can literally go around the block :-).. Great picture..
    Have a Great Week too..
    Sue xox

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      They are, aren’t they, Sue? Your observations about the streets in blocks is spot on! Regarding the picture he took, Colonel Chris Hadfield noted that, “Chicago, a bright spot on the tip of Lake Michigan, glowing through the clouds, which highlights the city’s incomparable grid system.” *LOL* Yes, we can literally go around the block! *grin* Love it! Thank you, Sue! I hope you have a great week as well!!! I’ll have to make time and go around our block and think about what you said!! Cher xo

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  3. Don says:

    I remember feeling the same way when visiting the Space Museum at the Smithsonian and watching a documentary on Space travel. Those views of earth have changed our perceptions of everything. 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Don, I couldn’t agree with you more! I remember visiting the Space Museum at the Smithsonian as well, and the perceptions do change, don’t they? Cher xo

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  4. Cher, you are so right! Our perspectives sometimes get “cloudy” for want of a better word. Sometimes clouds do get in the way, even from space, right? But here on Earth, we can, many times, see as clearly as one can see from outer space. It all has to do with perspectives, again.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you, my dear! It really does have to do with perspectives, doesn’t it? I love your analogy about the clouds! brilliant!! Cher xo

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  5. Wow.. reminds me of childhood visits to the London Planetarium, and fascinating lectures on the stars and planets and the future of space exploration…

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      It is fascinating, isn’t it? I shall be posting soon about the Adler Planetarium here in Chicago. I find it all fascinating as well! Cher xo

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  6. That is really cool!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Isn’t it just? Talk about seeing a city all at once! 🙂 Cher xo

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  7. Reinforces the fact that we are all one. Hugs, Barbara

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Barbara, I feel the same way! That is precisely what I had in mind when I wrote my post! Thank YOU!! Hugs, Cher xo

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  8. Wow..it’s so fascinating dear! Amazing! !!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Isn’t it just? Cher xo

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  9. Beautiful post about perspective Cher! I love that we are “all riding on the planet collectively” and your phrase there is delightful. So glad to be a fellow rider with you, Bright One! Hugs, Gina xo

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Awh, thanks dear Gina! I truly see it that way! Yeay, me too!!! Thank YOU!! Hugs, Cher xo

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  10. annetbell says:

    I love your enthusiasm, it is infectious!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Awh, bless! Thank you, my dear! *Biggest grin along with biggest hugs* Cher xo

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  11. That is cool, seeing your own city like that. =) Thanks so much for putting up My Lessons. You’ve been wonderful and I appreciate you.

    Diana

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Awh, bless! It is really quite something to behold, isn’t it? I swear it gives a new perspective (literally and figuratively) on what it means to be a citizen on the planet! Thank YOU!!! Cher xo

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