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Watch Carl Sagan’s Reflections on Our Place in the Universe

To keep things in perspective.

For today’s Video Wonder, we present Carl Sagan’s poignant “Pale Blue Dot.”

The text, originally given at a lecture at Cornell University, was inspired by a photograph taken of Earth on Valentine’s Day, 1990 from the Voyager 1 probe. In the picture, the earth and everything on it is a mere pixel, a faint blurry pinprick. This is the last photo the probe would take of our planet before drifting off into deep space.

Sagan’s speech and the video accompanying it serve as a reminder that everything good and everything terrible we know are but a minuscule portion of existence, and that there is simply much more out there.

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