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Celebrate Star Stuff! Carl Sagan Day is November 9

October 24, 2011

Hey readers! You may be working on building a giant banana out of felt and wire, or looking for the perfect jacket to complete your Mr. Bean costume, but right after Halloween is Carl Sagan Day! If you want to join the festivities, you should be planning your events now. Here are some ideas and inspiration for what to do:

First, visit and our event planning page for more information on the day and to see a schedule of upcoming Sagan events as well as past celebrations. If you’re having an event, send us an email with details and we’ll add it to the list. 

  • Consider doing a COSMOS marathon. Ann Druyan and Druyan-Sagan Associates, Inc., have given permission to use images and content from the COSMOS series, making it possible for CFI groups to screen the show. It is a fantastically informational and entertaining program that will appeal to a broad audience. You’ve got time to plan a showing at your school; just make sure you have a copy of the media and a room to show it in. Then ask people to bring a snack to share! (FYI: COSMOS is available on Hulu for free)
  • Carl Sagan said “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe,” so do an apple pie cook-off. You could do this as a fundraiser, as a potluck, or in addition to a screening of COSMOS.
  • Visit a an observatory or planetarium! You can go as a group or individually, but call ahead to check times, admission, and to see if you can get a group rate or special group tour if possible. 
  • Talk to your friends at a physics or astronomy club. They might have their own events, or be willing to talk to your group about astronomy. Most schools have astronomy courses, so check with the professor(s) to see if they have any ideas, or could offer you some knowledge and a telescope.
  • Review Sagan’s Baloney Detection kit.

I’m sure other groups have ideas, so email us if you would like to share or need help organizing!



About the Author: Dren Asselmeier

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Dren Asselmeier does student outreach as a campus organizer at the Center for Inquiry. She got her start as an organizer while interning at Center for Inquiry–Michigan in 2008. She stayed until 2010 as a volunteer campus coordinator, and was CFI–Michigan Freethinker of the Year in 2009, as well as president of Center for Inquiry–Grand Valley State University. Dren has a B.A. in English from Grand Valley State University. She is the president of Buffalo Area Non-Profit Professionals, an event volunteer at Buffalo Subversive Theatre, and a contributor to the Buffalo Storyteller Hour. 




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