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"This image is intended for orientation. It is an artist's impression of the solar system, in which the sizes of the objects but not their relative distances are to scale. And you can see that there are four large bodies other than the Sun, and the rest is debris. We live on the third piece of debris from the Sun; a tiny world of rock and metal with a thin patina--a veneer--of organic matter on the surface, a tiny fraction of which we happen to constitute." -Carl Sagan

"There are a vast number of stars within our galaxy. The number is not so large as the number of cometary nuclei around the Sun but is nevertheless hardly modest. It's about 400 billion stars, of which the Sun is one." -Carl Sagan


Kind of puts life in perspective doesn't it? This book is fascinating...