Come along and be part of our 100 Hours of Astronomy event.
Here in Ballarat 7th October!
7th October 8.00pm-11.00pm Saturn rising early, Jupiter rising late. Supper included, astronomical delights.
8.00pm Short Talk about the uniqueness of our planet, Earth.
8.20pm Viewing at the telescopes
A look at the virtual night sky and what is happening this month.
The Overview Effect
The Overview Effect is a term coined to describe a profound and transformative shift in consciousness that astronauts often experience when viewing the Earth from space. It is a cognitive and emotional response to the breathtaking sight of our planet from orbit or the Moon. Key aspects of the Overview Effect include:
- Awe and Unity: Astronauts describe an overwhelming sense of awe and unity as they gaze upon Earth from space. They see the planet as a fragile and interconnected ecosystem devoid of boundaries and divisions.
- Increased Environmental Awareness: The experience fosters a deep appreciation for Earth’s beauty and a heightened awareness of environmental challenges. Many astronauts return to Earth with a strong commitment to protecting the environment.
- Shift in Perspective: The Overview Effect often leads to a shift in perspective, where individuals recognise the insignificance of individual conflicts and the importance of cooperation to address global issues.
- Spiritual and Philosophical Insights: Some astronauts describe the experience as spiritual or philosophical, leading to a reevaluation of their life’s purpose and a sense of interconnectedness with all living beings.
- Motivation for Space Exploration: The Overview Effect has also served as motivation for further space exploration, as astronauts return with a sense of responsibility to explore space while ensuring the preservation of Earth.
The Overview Effect underscores the profound impact that space travel can have on the human perspective and underscores the importance of safeguarding our planet and working collaboratively to address global challenges.