If the skies are clear where you live on Sunday night (March 9), you'll be able to see a waxing gibbous moon shining high in the southern sky, and glowing brightly well above it will be the largest planet in our solar system: Jupiter. The proximity of the moon and Jupiter to each other is, of course, merely a matter of perspective. While the moon, which will be 64-percent illuminated Sunday, will be 247,000 miles (398,000 km) from Earth, Jupiter is nearly 1,800 times more distant, at 444 million miles away (714 million km).
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For years, Carl Sagan brought science into homes around the United States with his TV shows and books. Some of the most famous scientists working today had life-changing experiences with Sagan, and other people who never met him still felt his influence from the media he created. Scientists and other people who were touched by Carl Sagan's life and work shared some memories of the famous scientist: "I was just a 17-year-old kid from the Bronx with dreams of becoming a scientist, and somehow, the world's most famous astronomer found time to invite me to Ithaca in upstate New York and spend a Saturday with him," Tyson said during the first episode of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," a reboot of Sagan's "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage." "I remember that snowy day like it was yesterday." [See Carl Sagan's legacy in photos]
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