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The Sagan Series: The Humans

The Sagan Series continues to surprise. Working with an extremely limited resource (Sagan’s reading of the Pale Blue Dot audiobook and portions of Cosmos), editor Reid Gower has continued to find lyrical passages from Sagan and combine them with imagery and audio from other sources. In “The Humans” (the ninth installment of the [...]

The Night Side of Saturn

This image was selected as the Astronomy Picture of the Day last weekend. It was taken by the Cassini probe in 2006 from the shadow of Saturn. First, the night side of Saturn is seen to be partly lit by light reflected from its own majestic ring system. Next, the rings themselves appear dark when silhouetted [...]

Inspirational: Carl Sagan and the Egyptian and Tunisian Revolutions

Okay, internet. We get it: every time Carl Sagan says “terraqueous globe,” nerds like me shed a tear. In this new beautiful Sagan “Pale Blue Dot” remix, Torrey Meeks combines footage of the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions, time-lapse footage (reminiscent of Koyaanisqatsi), and Sagan’s increasingly famous “Pale Blue Dot” intro narration. Beautiful, touching, and well-made. [...]

NASA – The Frontier Is Everywhere

In December, I asked whether y’all could handle more Carl Sagan remixes. The overwhelming answer was YES, so today I bring you “NASA – The Frontier is Everywhere,” a promotional social media video created for NASA, but not by NASA, featuring Carl Sagan’s famous “Pale Blue Dot” narration. The video was made by Reid Gower, [...]

Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot” Lives On

“We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it’s forever.” -Carl Sagan So ends this inspiring video in which Sagan reads from his classic Pale Blue Dot, while we see famous photographs and listen to the music of Sigur Rós. An intense, if oddly calming, way to start your day. Warning: contains some [...]

Your Morning Mind-Blow with Carl Sagan

It’s rare that the deep thoughts of a world-class astronomer and thinker can be reduced to three and four-minute bite-sized chunks understandable to anyone and yet still rather profound — but Sagan had a talent for reducing his outsized thoughts to something concentrated and digestible. Though his topics are huge in scope and wide-ranging in [...]