Have you watched the 13-part documentary narrated by Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson? It premiered on FOX last year, and B was completely obsessed. Now you can watch all 13 episodes on Netflix, which I'm sure B has also done. Back in November, I was brainstorming unique Christmas gifts for him, and saw that Neil deGrasse Tyson was going "on tour" and would be speaking in DC, so I got us tickets, and we attended recently. We weren't sure what to expect, but I really. really. enjoyed it. His theme was about the utter importance of science, math, and solar exploration in society. He was actually also really funny, and only received minor heckling for his role in down grading Pluto's status as a planet.
There was a particular part of the presentation that I thought was really beautiful, and interesting, and amazing. Neil deGrasse Tyson shared an excerpt from, A Pale Blue Dot, written by Carl Sagan. Afterwards, when he was taking questions from the crowd, one of the audience members shared that the "A Pale Blue Dot" was read at their wedding, so I thought I would share it with you.
The Planetary Society wrote, "This excerpt from Sagan's book Pale Blue Dot was inspired by an image taken, at Sagan's suggestion, by Voyager 1 on February 14, 1990. As the spacecraft left our planetary neighborhood for the fringes of the solar system, engineers turned it around for one last look at its home planet. Voyager 1 was about 6.4 billion kilometers (4 billion miles) away, and approximately 32 degrees above the ecliptic plane, when it captured this portrait of our world: "
Can you see it? SO TINY.
Here's a more recent image that Neil deGrasse Tyson shared:
Pale Blue Dot.
Carl Sagan for Kids
B is a pretty adorable uncle and bought all of these books for our nephew (See link for Carl's below). There is a really cool exhibit in DC about Carl Sagan at the National Air and Space Museum that would make for a great connection after reading this book with your little one.
Also, if you find yourself at the National Air and Space Museum. You must go to the Einstein Planetarium. B and I recently saw, "Dark Matter" (narrated by Neil Degrasse Tyson, obviously). If Carl Sagan's "A Blue Dot" entry did not make you feel sufficiently tiny, Dark Matter, surely will.