Carl Sagan

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”

carl sagan voyager

“Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light‐years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. So are our emotions in the presence of great art or music or literature, or acts of exemplary selfless courage such as those of Mohandas Gandhi or Martin Luther King, Jr. The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both.”

carl sagan planetary scientist

“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”

carl sagan astronomer

“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”

carl sagan planets

“We live in a vast and awesome universe in which, daily, suns are made and worlds destroyed, where humanity clings to an obscure clod of rock. The significance of our lives and our fragile realm derives from our own wisdom and courage. We are the custodians of life’s meaning.  Each of us is a tiny being, permitted to ride on the outermost skin of one of the smaller planets for a few dozen trips around the local star.  We are fleeting, transitional creatures, snowflakes fallen on the hearth fire.  That we understand a little bit of our origins is one of the great triumphs of human insight and courage.”

milky way galaxy
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Mount Wilson Observatory
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Looking through the telescope that discovered Pluto at the Lowell Observatory.
We went to Cheoah Point Beach at Lake Santeetlah in the North Carolina mountains to observe ‘Totality’ the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. I was 3 years old and didn’t really understand what was happening, everything went from day light to total darkness.
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Me swimming in Lake Santeelah, that is my dad in the background floating around on the white swan.
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Putting on my solar eclipse glasses to protect my eyes.