Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken on February 14, 1990, by the Voyager 1 space probe from a record distance of about 6 billion kilometers (3.7 billion miles, 40.5 AU), as part of that day's Family Portrait series of images of the Solar System.

From Wikipedia.

Would it be possible to take another Pale Blue Dot image using New Horizons? Will the apparent size of Earth be again smaller than a pixel? February 14, 2020 would be pleasant date.

Of course all images taken of Kuiper belt objects should be transmitted to Earth before.

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    $\begingroup$ A quick search of the PDS shows they haven't done this (no NH images with target = Earth show up). $\endgroup$
    – Hobbes
    Commented Feb 19, 2019 at 19:18

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Plenty of probes have taken photos of earth from deep space since Voyager.

The one from Saturn's orbit (Cassini Spacecraft) and the one taken by the Juno probe shortly after launch stand out as quite similar to the original pale blue dot pictures.

This one (also from Cassini) is visually quite stunning:


I am not aware of any pictures like this from New Horizons, though.

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    $\begingroup$ The first image in the link 'from Jupiter's orbit" was not taken from Jupiter's orbit. The caption indicates it was taken 3 weeks after launch, so Juno was not even close to Jupiter. 10 million kilometers may not even rank as "deep space" in comparison to other images. :-) $\endgroup$
    – JohnHoltz
    Commented Feb 20, 2019 at 3:07
  • $\begingroup$ @JohnHoltz That's true - sloppy of me $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 20, 2019 at 15:30

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