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Celebrating Carl Sagan Day

Carl Sagan Day Apple Pie, complete with spiral galaxy

Carl Sagan Day Apple Pie, complete with spiral galaxy

This year, in honor of Carl Sagan Day, I took the plunge and decided to make some apple pie completely from scratch. Our plan here in College Station was to celebrate Carl Sagan by watching Cosmos while drinking cosmos and eating apple pie. To begin with, I had to contemplate inventing the universe:

Contemplating inventing the universe

Contemplating inventing the universe

With the arduous task of inventing the universe completed, I could move on to the comparatively easy task of making pie crust, which was still a new and exciting experience for me. Getting the filling in order wasn’t too difficult, and Simon and Matt were kind enough to assist with the peeling and slicing of apples while I took on the crust. This first pie was really for practice (and so that we’d have something to eat right away), but it still needed adornment, so we settled on pi for the pie:

The pi pie

The pi pie

After the pi pie went into the oven, it was time for the Carl Sagan Day pie. This pie was made with Empire apples–the pi pie used Jonagold–in order to really capture all of the upstate New York goodness that should accompany any celebration of Carl Sagan. And to honor his field of astronomy, we decorated the pie with a spiral galaxy:

The spiral galaxy Carl Sagan Day pie

The spiral galaxy Carl Sagan Day pie

Both pies turned out remarkably well for a bunch of first timers. Just look at that delicious pie:

Mmm, pie

Mmm, pie

Simon, Matt, and I dug into the first pie Saturday; we had to make sure that the Carl Sagan Day pie would be acceptable! Tonight was the night our group actually celebrated Carl Sagan Day with some Cosmos, some cosmos, some Symphony of Science, and, of course, some apple pie.

Carl Sagan Day!

Carl Sagan Day!

Happy Carl Sagan Day, everyone!

Carl Sagan Day

November 7th has been declared Carl Sagan Day, and, as a former Ithacan and a life-long lover of science, I would be remiss if I did not take part in paying tribute to a man who has probably done more than any other to help the public better understand science and the cosmos. Dr. Sagan passed away more than a decade ago, but he is far from forgotten. So thank you, Professor Sagan, for Cosmos and Contact and SETI and your amazingly lyrical ability to describe the wonder of our universe:

The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it but the way those atoms are put together. – Carl Sagan

Projects like Symphony of Science, which has turned pieces of Sagan’s show Cosmos along with interviews and clips from other famous scientists into extremely catchy tunes, ensure that Sagan’s legacy lives on and his message awe, hope, and humanism continues to reach new audiences: