First photograph of sunset on Mars, 2005
my brain still utterly rejects this photo. it cannot cope. PHOTO FROM THE SURFACE OF ANOTHER PLANET.
i think all the middle-school astrophysics is pretty inadequate in this respect, if only because once you’ve made variegated balls of plasticine into a model of the solar system enough times you just end up thinking of the planets as smooth primary-coloured spheres
but look at these hills and ridges, look at this horizon