Saturday, October 16, 2021

Billions and Billions of Stars




Carl Sagan opened an immense door to stars and planets beyond.  His "billions and billions of stars" sentence will linger for some time. Even now, some 40 years after he opened space for many people, we still remember him.



"The universe is less now that he has left it" is what someone expressed in comments. And to whomever wrote this, this is what I feel as well. What he saw and knew is something we will appreciate for decades to come.

Sagan's devotion to teaching provided opportunities for students to learn about this new revelation we experienced, and that our children have learned. Ultimately, our progeny can look through a telescope and view the spots of light in a dark sky.

Sagan would smile and look through Hubble. Ah, there it is! Did you see that?




28 comments:

  1. So many people diminish the world when they leave - and it is still immeasurably richer for their time on it.

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    1. Well said. "Immeasurably richer" is beautiful.

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  2. I am a Carl Sagan fan. He did open up space, in a very good way, didn't he?

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  3. It is a bit weird though to think of something that just has no end to it.

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  4. Elephant's Child said:So many people diminish the world when they leave - and it is still immeasurably richer for their time on it.
    Ain't that the truth...... When I look on a clear mid-western night sky w/o the Hubble, , it still boggles my mind....
    Sherry & jack ;-)

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    1. Looking at the night sky is awe inspiring. God creates beauty.

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  5. I grew up reading Cosmos and listening to Carl Sagan. He was a wonderful pioneer who did so much for SETI and the idea of space travel and search for life on other planets. Yes, I'm a geek!

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  6. He was so passionate about what we call outer space. I loved listening to him when he was interviewed.

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    1. Sagan was such a unique scientist, esp. at that time.

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  7. What an amazing man. I wonder why we can't find minds like his leading us instead of his predicted "dumbing down of America" that so many worship on cable and social media. Makes me think aliens have indeed landed and are doing our thinking for us. Fun post! Love him!

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    1. Dumbing down of America---have not heard that from anyone, lately. But I well remember it.

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  8. It's a balance. We're just a speck. But that speck is still important.

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  9. It saddens me that i live in a place where the light pollution is so bad we see few stars.

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    1. We have that light pollution curse as well. But when we get away from it, the sky is amazing.

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  10. He really did an amazing job presenting science to a wide audience. Sadly, since then there seems to be a headlong rush away from it.

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    1. Politics plus money takes away from what our children would have had.

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  11. The universe is for ever expanding. What is it expanding into?

    God bless.

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  12. Carl Sagan and science made a perfect pair.

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  13. I always used to enjoy listening to him ...
    I like Bills comment above :)

    All the best Jan

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  14. thank you for this beautiful sharing dear Susan and specially thank you for introducing the legend like Sagan ,i will definitely look for his work online as i am deeply in love with curiosity to know about our origin and purpose behind all this .
    hugs and blessings to you and loved ones!

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    1. I hope you enjoy his work. He was an unusual man.

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