Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why the new Cosmos matters so much

This Sunday, March 9th, what is arguably the most important science show of all time returns to TV as Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts an all-new, updated version of Carl Sagan's Cosmos. We caught up with Neil DeGrasse Tyson on his whirlwind tour of the universe to discuss the what the show is and isn't, explaining why… » 3/03/14 8:00am 3/03/14 8:00am

Here's a 1976 letter from Neil deGrasse Tyson to Carl Sagan

When Neil deGrasse Tyson was applying to colleges, Carl Sagan went out of his way to make the budding astrophysicist feel especially at home at Cornell University, where he taught. Tyson would ultimately attend Harvard, but not before writing this letter to Sagan explaining his decision. » 1/31/14 6:20am 1/31/14 6:20am

Imagine Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking and Arthur C. Clarke together in…

Back in 1988, Magnus Magnusson (best name ever) somehow managed to bring three of the 20th Century's most fascinating personalities together to discuss God, the Universe, and Everything Else. In the hour-long program, the three talked about the Big Bang theory, the connection between science and scifi, the rise of… » 3/06/13 7:30am 3/06/13 7:30am

Dazzling new art display pays homage to Carl Sagan with 12,000 LEDs of …

A brand new art installation honoring the memory and work of astronomer Carl Sagan has been unveiled at the Cornell University Campus. Designed by artist Leo Villareal, the dynamic light display is located on the ceiling of the Sherry and Joel Mallin Sculpture Court — what can be seen on campus and from within the… » 11/23/12 6:30am 11/23/12 6:30am

It's Carl Sagan's birthday! Time to party like the starstuff that we are.

Happy birthday, Carl Sagan! The legendary astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist and science educator would have been 78 today. To celebrate, we've rounded up a handful of our favorite Sagan posts and curated some stellar content from other websites that are honoring him today. Feel free to contribute in the comments! » 11/09/12 2:14pm 11/09/12 2:14pm

Curiosity makes first tracks on Mars, names its landing site in Ray…

The award for best science/science fiction mashup of the week goes to NASA's newly landed Curiosity Rover, which minutes ago not only wished the late Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles a happy birthday, but also announced that its landing sight will henceforth be known officially as… » 8/22/12 1:30pm 8/22/12 1:30pm

Carl Sagan's message to future explorers of Mars will cold-cock you…

A few months before he died, Carl Sagan recorded a moving message which he dedicated to future explorers and settlers of Mars. A brief excerpt of that recording has been making the rounds on the internet since early Monday morning, in the form of the quote featured up top — but Sagan's entire message is a little more… » 8/07/12 10:58am 8/07/12 10:58am

Read Carl Sagan's letter (politely) telling Warner Bros. their Contact

You may have recently encountered Carl Sagan's 1954 reading list out in the internet. But the Library of Congress has posted some much more interesting papers from the scientist, novelist and all around fascinating guy: a draft of the 1995 letter he sent to Warner Brothers about the adaptation of Contact. » 8/03/12 11:47am 8/03/12 11:47am