The Wisdom of Carl Sagan Animated

Back in 1990, Voyager 1 snapped a photo of planet Earth from a record distance – 3.7 billion miles away. And there we saw it, our home, Planet Earth, a small blue dot almost swallowed by the vastness of space. This image inspired the title of Carl Sagan’s 1994 book, The Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space, which captivated millions of readers then, and still many more now.

Almost 17 years later, The Pale Blue Dot continues to give creative inspiration to many, including filmmakers who have created beautifully wrought films synced with narrations of Sagan’s book. (See here and here.) Then we have this new addition: The Pale Blue Dot put into animation by Adam Winnik, an animation student who took Sagan’s “scientific poetry” and turned into his visual thesis project at Sheridan College in Wyoming. Enjoy…

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  • Robin Öberg

    Just remember, Carl Sagan is the guy who started Scientology.

  • Stephen Curry
  • James Reyes

    Dude, get your facts straight please. Don’t besmirch a great scientist like Carl Sagan by confusing him with a clown like L. Ron Hubbard.

  • cosmicjeebus

    Wow…that’s about the most wrong statement I’ve read on the internet. Do you also think Hitler started the March of Dimes?

  • Josh Verienes

    wrong, please don’t mislead the readers.

  • Josh Verienes

    Regarding @Robin Öberg comment, of course

  • Anita

    ‘Scientific poetry’, what a perfect way to describe how Sagan wrote.

  • David White

    This is my favourite post on Open Culture. I never get tired of watching this video. It’s wonderful.