Today is Carl Sagan’s Birthday

Or at least it would be, if he were still with us. Now, some of the younger people reading this may not know who he was or why he mattered (though that’s not very likely given how much love the man gets on the internet). Heck, I’m young enough that I didn’t watch Cosmos until just a few years ago.

Dr. Plait gives a good bit of background on Dr. Sagan over at his blog. I won’t repeat what he said there, nor will I post the Pale Blue Dot like he has (but you should click through to watch it if you’ve never heard it).

What I will do is post the first episode of Reid Gower’s incredible Sagan Series:

And that, folks, is why Carl Sagan is such a giant. If only we had more people like him today.

Happy birthday, Carl.