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Monday’s Thought of the Day

“Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”

~ Carl Sagan

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Wednesday’s Thought of the Day

“Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.”

~ Carl Sagan

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Cosmos Now and Then

Some of the boys in Grade 2 have chosen to investigate the Universe.  This is just about the “biggest” topic you could choose to study!  Mr. Weber was thinking about what resources might be good for us to use, and he immediately thought of Cosmos.  Cosmos was a 13-part television series created by Carl Sagan in 1980 which is all about the universe and our place in it.  While the original is still pretty awesome, FOX and National Geographic have updated the series for 2014, and it’s currently airing on tv.  Have a look at the trailer below for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey – and maybe check out the full episodes as well!

And just for comparison, here’s the trailer for the original, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage:

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Thursday’s Thought of the Day

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
~Carl Sagan

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The Greatest Documentary EVER!

With the 1980 airing of the documentary series Cosmos on PBS, Carl Sagan and his wife and co-writer, Ann Druyan, brilliantly illustrated the science of the human species within a space-and-time context.  It has been seen by more than 700 million people worldwide!

Sagan explains such topics as Einstein’s theory of relativity, Darwin’s theory of evolution, and the greenhouse effect, bringing the mysteries of the universe down to an easy level of understanding.  It is also remarkable that this series seems as fresh and riviting now as it was 30 years ago!

All 13 hours of Cosmos is available on YouTube!!

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Saints vs. Aliens

Among various ongoing enrichment projects at SGS, one student is particularly interested in whether or not aliens exist, and if they’ve ever visited earth.  The SETI Institute is a private, non-profit organization whose mission it is to explore, understand and explain the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe.  If you also are interested in extra-terrestrial life, this might be a good place to start your research.

 The Institute comprises 3 centers, the Center for SETI Research, the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe and the Center for Education and Public Outreach.

The 1997 film Contact (based on the novel by Carl Sagan) tells the story of Dr. Ellie Arroway, a SETI scientist, who after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of intelligent aliens, who send plans for a mysterious machine. 

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