Quote for Today: Carl Sagan

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May 1, 2017 by katmcdaniel

Our new theme is empty. This beautiful quote from Carl Sagan is a great place to start our exploration.

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© NASA Goddard Space Flight Center with CCLicense© NASA Goddard Space Flight Center with CCLicense

There is a wide yawning black infinity. In every direction the extension is endless, the sensation of depth is overwhelming. And the darkness is immortal. Where light exists, it is pure, blazing, fierce; but light exists almost nowhere, and the blackness itself is also pure and blazing and fierce. But most of all, there is very nearly nothing in the dark; except for little bits here and there, often associated with the light, this infinite receptacle is empty.

This picture is strangely frightening. It should be familiar. It is our universe.

Even these stars, which seem so numerous, are, as sand, as dust, or less than dust, in the enormity of the space in which there is nothing. Nothing! We are not without empathetic terror when we open Pascal’s Pensées and read, “I am the great silent spaces between worlds.”

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