The solar system: Can you see the Earth from other planets?

Did You Know: Space – Can you see the Earth from other planets?

Sometimes when you look up at the night sky, you can see some of the other planets in the solar system. If you could visit these planets, you’d be able to see the Earth in a similar way.


In the corner of this picture is the planet Saturn. It looks dark because the sun is behind it.


This photograph was taken by the Cassini spacecraft.

Cassini and its companion spacecraft, Huygens, visited Saturn to help us learn more about the planet and its largest moon, Titan.

A tiny dot

This pale blue dot is the Earth. It is 746 million miles from Saturn. In the future, people may travel far enough into space to see the Earth looking just like this.

What does the Earth look like from space?

Paris at night

Astronauts living in space and orbiting the Earth can see whole cities from above. The bright lights of Paris look like a beautiful painting in this photograph taken from the International Space Station (ISS).

Erupting volcano

Volcanoes erupting plumes of smoke and ash can be seen from space. The astronauts in the ISS were the first to see the eruption of this volcano, called Mount Cleveland, in Alaska.