I was introduced to the works of Carl Sagan by my father. My father was a quiet man who worked hard supporting our family. Somehow he found the time to do some of the things he loved: photography, sailing, gardening and astronomy. One evening I found him standing alone in the backyard looking up. He was waiting for the Soyuz-Apollo capsule to sail past. When it came over I just stared at it trying to wrap my brain around what I was seeing. I could feel his excitement as he pointed to the moving dot of light.
I get that sense of satisfaction from him. I often find myself alone looking for the ISS or an Iridium flare. When I spot my target, well it just makes me feel like I’m a part of something much bigger. Sometimes I feel as though I’m a part of the Cosmos itself.
I remember my dad watching the Cosmos series on TV so for his birthday I really wanted to buy him the series on VHS, but could only afford one tape. I still have that tape, even though the technology to play it has gone by the wayside. I keep it to remind me of dad and his passion for the night sky.
That’s why I’m so excited about the new Cosmos series starting on March 9th on Fox. The new host Neil deGrasse Tyson is the director of the Hayden Planetarium. According to an article in The New Yorker, he was “summoned to Cornell University by Carl Sagan”. What must that have been like?
The AstroBabes will be hosting a premier party on March 9th, with dinner and a reception to follow. Well – Lynn and I will probably go get some Chinese food and drink chocolate wine from plastic cups, but we will be watching! Why don’t you host a party of your own and let us know what you think of the new Cosmos!