This is a (mostly) repost from a few years ago:
Today is the 78th birthday of famed astronomer and science enthusiast Carl Sagan, who untimely died in 1996. Fortunately, his message of the wonders of the sciences as well as general rationality and skepticism continue on.
Now, officially Carl Sagan Day is supposed to be on the Saturday before his birthday, so this makes my post “late” as it were. Nonetheless, now it just a good a time to celebrate as any other.
Here is a bit from his series Cosmos with a few updates by the uploader:
Finally, a personal statement:
Carl, how unfortunate that I only came to know of your efforts later in my life and more unfortunately that it was after you had passed. Nonetheless, your love of the subject that I have also ventured into is more than simply appreciated by me and others. Truly you helped create a spiritualism based in the real world, from a simple picture of the Earth
from a distance of six billion kilometers to the entire Cosmos TV series
. The joy and beauty in this world and the idea that simply knowing what the world really is is an overwhelming experience. My spirit can soar far higher than any superstition would allow. I am amazed by a clear night sky, and all the more so because there have been those like you who have only only discovered what lies beyond, but also have brought that knowledge to more than a cadre of academics. While the Buddha is said to have brought wisdom from beyond into this world, Carl helped bring in knowledge and wisdom from an even greater beyond to us all. Thank you, and I hope your memory lasts for ages and the shoes that you have left from your journey continue to be filled.
Happy Carl Sagan Day! Now, let’s get ready for Newton-mas!