The Pale Blue Dot

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Ah, sometimes it’s good to be reminded that we all live on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam, don’t you think?

There is more poetry and inspiration in the science of Carl Sagan than there is in any religious text I have read or heard. There is music in his words. But this time, no autotune! Thank you Jesus.

Carl Sagan Sings

Today at 6.30pm on BBC2 you can watch Strictly Come Dancing. In the 80s you could take a trip through Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, a mind-expanding journey into the heart of the universe, with Mr Sagan and his comforting baritone drawl as your guide. It instilled in me a sense of wonderment and awe at the sheer overwhelming bloody beauty of… everything.

We are all made of starstuff, that’s what Carl Sagan told a 12-year-old me. That’s a nice thing to be told, isn’t it?

This autotune remix is silly and poignant, and features a guest vocal from MC Stephen Hawking.

I believe our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky.

Len Goodman ain’t going to tell you that.