Monday November 9th would have been Carl Sagan’s 75th birthday – he passed away on December 20th, 1996 aged 62. For the first time this year, Broward College in Florida created Carl Sagan Day to honour and celebrate the work of the great writer, astronomer, astrobiologist and probably the best and most successful populariser of science. Sagan is best known for his work on the series “Cosmos, a personal voyage” which as been seen by more than 500 million people in over 60 countries. He is also the author of over 600 scientific papers and popular articles and was author, co-author, or editor of more than 20 books.
Carl Sagan Day at Broward College was recognised with continuous screenings of Cosmos, stalls and displays from the JREF, the Centre for Inquiry and the American Atheists and Humanists amongst others. The highlight of the day was a series of talks from the host of the popular “Point of Enquiry” podcast, D.J. Grothe, President of the JREF Dr Phil Plait, Russell Romanella, the director of the International Space Station and Spacecraft Processing Directorate at NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Centre, David Morrison student of Sagan’s and astrobiologist and James Randi.
The day was a huge success and Broward College hope to make it an inaugural event.