The theme for my 2nd grader GT (gifted talented) summer class is learning about the Universe. As she traverses the distant stars and constellation in her minds imagination in class it remind’s me of Carl Sagan’s book the “Pale Blue Dot” and his words that “Astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience”… for humans- who are star dust Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars…
Pale Blue Dot was inspired by an image taken, at Sagan’s suggestion, by Voyager 1 on February 14, 1990. As the spacecraft left our planetary neighborhood for the fringes of the solar system, engineers turned it around for one last look at its home planet. Voyager 1 was about 6.4 billion kilometers (4 billion miles) away, and approximately 32 degrees above the ecliptic plane, when it captured a portrait of our world. Caught in the center of scattered light rays (a result of taking the picture so close to the Sun), Earth appears as a tiny point of light, a crescent only 0.12 pixel in size.
We are all looking forward hope to capture the glory of the Universe in our summer road trip to some of the less light polluted areas in the country.
Phil Collins son Simon singing Pale Blue dot
TWRP, a Canadian band