A Random Thought

“I believe our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this cosmos, in which float like a mote of dust.” -Carl Sagan

How many stars are there?  Where did we come from?  Where will we go in the future?  These are all questions that the young Carl Sagan asked.  The video below beautifully illustrates the wanderings in the world of physics.

A meaningful video on his musings.  I also really love the animation.  Full screen is recommended!

Credit for the video goes to Ratimir Rakuljic.

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It’s an amazing world of science out there…let’s go exploring!


48 Comments Add yours

  1. Prajakta says:

    This video is so cool and beautiful! This perspective really makes science magical.

  2. My dear ladies,
    I’m thinking of Maries Curie, Amelia Earhart and Ada Lovelace. (If you haven’t met Ada, I suggest you review her critical contribution to Charles Babbage and the first computer).
    I am so happy to share the blogosphere with you. Knowing that our country has young minds like yours, assures me that our country is in good hands. Carl Sagan is a cultural giant. My list of 30 literary essentials includes Sagan’s “Pale Blue Marble Soliloquy. I see you have a “Share” button on your post. I assume that gives me permission to introduce my internet friends to you.
    By now you must have internalized the joy of learning. Bon Voyage’ Charles Rogers

  3. Lynn says:

    Wonderful! Thank you for sharing!

  4. bbnewsab says:

    You ask the following questions: 1) How many stars are there? 2) Where did we come from? 3) Where will we go in the future?

    My answers: 1) At the moment I only know of two real stars. You and your sister.

    2) Don’t ask me. Instead ask your mom and dad, they should know.

    3) If you continue along like you’ve been doing so far in your lives, I think you’ll one day end up in the capital of my country, Stockholm. Where the Nobel Prize ceremonies are taking place each December. (You’ve already met Kung Karl a.k.a. clanton1934 a.k.a. Charles Rogers. But then, in Stockholm, you’ll meet a real Swedish kung – or king in English – also named Karl, and have a chat with him. What about that, girls? 🙂 )

  5. Stomperdad says:

    Amazing little movie. I’ve always been amazed by the statement “There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on Earth”. Billions upon billions of galaxies and each one has billions and billions of stars. We live in a wondrous world!

  6. Faraday's Candle says:

    Yes! he had such an unassuming voice but yet so wise to his surroundings and science. He was one of the great teachers.

  7. Faraday's Candle says:

    Ha! Ha!! Thi is about one of the best comments! Will have to add to the list.
    Thank you so much for stopping by.

  8. Faraday's Candle says:

    Thank you for stopping by.

  9. Faraday's Candle says:

    Carl sagan was definitely an all around giant and one of the best teachers above all. He spoke to people and not at people. Ada Lovelace was an inspiration to women who found her. Not enough recognition has been given to her work.
    Thank you for the suggestion on “Pale Blue Marble Soliloquy”
    Mr. Rogers you have permission to share our posts. The young filmmaker is also on twitter and absolutely wonderful at what he does.

    Enjoy your day.

  10. Faraday's Candle says:

    It really does sound magical.
    Ratifier Rakuljic is amazing at pulling you in in a magical manner.
    Were you able to learn something new from the film?
    Well enjoy your day!

  11. Kally says:

    Wow! This movie is amazing!! Great work truly..

  12. Faraday's Candle says:

    Ratifier Rakuljic is amazing at pulling you in in a magical manner.
    Thank you so much for stopping by. looking forward to more blogging connections with you.
    Enjoy your day.

  13. Kally says:

    You’re welcome! Come and drop by MiddleMe. Have a great day too!

  14. Fim says:

    Just tried to post a comment here but it timed out.
    Here’s hoping I can get this one through.
    This is a wonderful post. We’re huge fans of Carl Sagan, and he was such an inspiration, as you both are too, bringing us to truly terrific places through your blog and your inquisitive explorations.

  15. Linda Bethea says:

    Wasn’t he a blessing to us all.

  16. Faraday's Candle says:

    He really was a blessing and one of the greatest teachers. What was one of your greatest memories of him?

  17. Faraday's Candle says:

    It seems I’m having the same problem with your blog. It took three tries to get through….but not giving up.
    How did you enjoy the short film. It is just wonderful.
    Enjoy your day.

  18. Faraday's Candle says:

    Will absolutely do!
    How did you enjoy the short film. It is one that everyone can take something away with them.
    Thank you so much for dropping by.

  19. Faraday's Candle says:

    I could’t see the end of your reply before. Glad you were able to see the film. Just wonderful.

  20. To think. In our universe, a hundred billion galaxies, each containing a hundred billion stars. And some theorize we live in a multiverse. There might exist a hundred billion universes. And a hundred billion multiverses. If this were the case, there would be somewhere around 100,000,000,000 x 100,000,000,000 x 100,000,000,000 x 100,000,000,000 stars. And some theorize the cosmos is infinite in time and space. Yikes! Stand back! My head is ready to explode!

  21. Faraday's Candle says:

    Considering the mind-blowing numbers. What are the odds we are alone?
    Thank you so much for stopping by.

  22. Hargun Wahi says:

    Hi there !
    I hope you both are having an awesome time exploring the unknown 😉
    The video you shared here was great.
    I always enjoy your posts. keep it up 🙂

  23. Faraday's Candle says:

    Thank you so much. It is always wonderful to hear from you.

  24. I love Carl Sagan. This is a wonderful quote!

  25. Faraday's Candle says:

    Thank you. The short film is absolute;y beautiful!

  26. annascuisine says:

    I’m going to show this to my children. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a blissful day! 🙂

  27. Faraday's Candle says:

    You too Anna! It is a wonderful short film!

  28. jsackmom says:

    This video is delightfully beautiful as is the information and inspiration of the subject matter! Thank you for sharing it here today. 😃🌟

  29. Faraday's Candle says:

    Thank you so much! Science is a beautiful thing!

  30. Cool video and educative! Ladies, you are totally awesome in introducing the science 🙂

  31. Faraday's Candle says:

    It is a heartwarming video and truly inspirational. Thank you so much for stopping by.

  32. reocochran says:

    Carl Sagan was a good speaker and well respected scientist. His show, ☆☆☆☆ “Cosmos,” was very interesting, too. 🙂

  33. Brilliant little film. Kind of made me weepy. Love Carl Sagan!

  34. Faraday's Candle says:

    We all got a little weepy. Our universe is brilliantly beautiful.

  35. Faraday's Candle says:

    We would have love to hear him speak. Now we have a list of other scientist we would love to hear speak!
    is there anyone out there you would like to hear speak?
    Thank you so much for stopping by.

  36. I loved this post.
    I just emailed it to Danny (hubby) who will really enjoy it.
    He is the exact opposite of me. He asks questions about anything and everything. What I hate is when he starts asking me those questions.
    Usually, I don’t CARE about the answer. My not caring drives him crazy.
    He drives me crazy because I have to listen to his in-depth RAMBLINGS of things I am not interested in.
    I do like NASA AND THE SPACE PROGRAM….So I enjoy MOST of our discussions there. Well, he discusses and I listen.
    We both Love Car Sagan
    I still say: You two are amazing.
    Hugs Sarah

  37. Faraday's Candle says:

    Oh Wow! Thank you so much. You would hate our ramblings…we are such science geeks…lol
    Enjoy your day.

  38. Faraday's Candle says:

    Thank you!

  39. This is fabulous for my Friday. Enjoyed the video. Have a wonder-filled weekend. Hugs!

  40. Faraday's Candle says:

    Thank you. The video is about science in a very moving way. Enjoy your weekend.

  41. Badfish says:

    Yeah…I’m going to save time here: I agree with everyone above. Especially the “two-stars” lady.

  42. Faraday's Candle says:

    Thank you so much. This was a fun one because it explained our feelings about science!

  43. Goodness! I’m impressed with you ladies 🙂

  44. Faraday's Candle says:

    Thank you so much Carisa!

  45. Aquileana says:

    Beautiful and wise…
    I believe that the stars are more than lights in the sky for sure… so many mysteries… The Universe is full of wonders, isn´t it…
    Great post… thanks for sharing…. Love and best wishes. Aquileana 💫.-

  46. Faraday's Candle says:

    Thank you so much Aquileana! You are always so encouraging. Enjoy your day.

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