Carl Sagan was born in Brooklyn, NY on November 9, 1934, and Saturday, November 7th has been declared Carl Sagan Day. There are many scheduled events to celebrate this enthusiastic astronomer’s birth and lifetime dedication to the awareness of our universe.

Rather than hear about Carl Sagan from me, I thought I’d post my favorite quote of his and let him speak for himself.

For thousands of years, humans were oppressed – as some of us still are – by the notion that the universe is a marionette whose strings were pulled by a god or gods, unseen or inscrutable. Then, 2,500 years ago, there was a glorious awakening in Ionia; on Samos and the other nearby Greek colonies that grew up among the the islands and inlets of the Aegean Sea. Suddenly, there were human beings who believed that everything was made of atoms; that human beings and other animals had sprung from similar forms; that diseases were not caused by demons or the gods; that the Earth was only a planet going around the Sun, and that the stars were very far away. This revolution made Cosmos out of Chaos.”

– Carl Sagan, “Cosmos”