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With Undiminished Wonder by Esuka With Undiminished Wonder by Esuka
Hey, I'm not dead! Isn't that great? ... Yeah, I know. Sorry. I won't promise to be back more, because I honestly don't know what the future holds. There WILL be another in the near future, and I will likely be holding a stream.

This came up in a discussion, and I just love Carl Sagan too much to say no. Combine with filly Twilight, and I'm head over heels. My only regret in regards to Sagan is that I was to young to appreciate him when he was alive.

We wish to pursue the truth no matter where it leads. But to find the truth, we need imagination and skepticism both. We will not be afraid to speculate, but we will be careful to distinguish speculation from fact. The cosmos is full beyond measure of elegant truths; of exquisite interrelationships; of the awesome machinery of nature.

Making Of video can be found in this fancy [link]

Done in CS4.
MLP:FiM is (c) Hasbro
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GiromCalica Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hell buckin yes
Icarye Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
SoarinTheWonderbolt Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
No wonder Twilight have such an thirst for knowledge and science, she had pretty much the best teacher ever to inspire a young mind to stretch it's wings. Luna would adore pony Sagan.

Lovely picture; the great starry background, the adorable face on filly Twilight so full of wonder and awe, the reflection of the sky in the telescope and the tribute to Carl Sagan. Awesome.
deaditebreed01 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Oh you hit the nail on the head with that ("I was too young to appreciate him while he was alive") I feel that way everyday.

As soon as I saw that pony on EQD I knew it was Dr. Sagan :3 Wonderful job!
NaturesRose Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, this is amazing work (*o*) !
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Keairan Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
To make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe - A glorious dawn - Carl Sagan
Ys-Cordelan Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
This is just… I have no words.
The concept itself is touching, and the art no less so.

One thing though, and I don't mean this as criticism, but I feel like a stylized dandelion seed would have also made an appropriate cutie mark.
oldfokk Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
You would not find a better teacher, Twilight. Fav.
MoiderahOfSanity Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student Filmographer
Sagan meets Twilight. EVERYTHING IS ALRIGHT.
DJLowrider Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
I was compelled to write this because of this amazing picture. I might expand on it some, but I wanted to share at least this bit. A large part of the dialogue is an actual quote from Carl Sagan himself.


"I'm not so certain I'm comfortable with the ideas you're filling my faithful student's head with, Mr. Haygan," Princess Celestia said as she regarded the Earth pony who stood before her at her summons. Normally when she was clearly upset over something, lesser ponies fell all over themselves to please or appease her. Yet here stood this simple stallion who continued to smile at her despite her displeasure.

"I mean no offense, your majesty. Your mornings are indeed beautiful and glorious," said the simple-looking Earth pony in deference. "We in Equestria marvel, and rightfully so, at the daily return of our single sun.

"But from a planet orbiting a star in a distant globular cluster, a still more glorious dawn awaits. Not a sunrise, but a galaxy rise. A morning filled with four hundred billion suns, the rising of the milky way. An enormous spiral form with collapsing gas clouds condensing planetary systems, luminous super giants, stable middle aged stars, red giants, white dwarfs, planetary nebulas, super novas, neutron stars, pulsars, black holes, and, there is every reason to think, other exotic objects that we have not yet discovered. And discover them we will when we do reach the stars."

"Ponykind is still quite a ways away from that sort of capability, Mr. Haygan," Celestia said, unable to refute his assertion.

Haygan nodded in concession to her. "Perhaps, but I would not expect one with your immense power and longevity to remember what it is like to aspire to something as great as what I try to challenge Ponykind with, your majesty. Still, I would think you would not wish to impede your faithful student's progress by hampering her imagination with thoughts of what is possible or impossible."

Celestia's face slowly broke from its concerned expression to a small yet warm smile.

"I suppose you're right, Mr. Haygan. I do apologize. You must understand, Twilight Sparkle is not like any other student I have taken under my wing. She is...unique."

"Indeed, she is as unique as the billions of stars in the sky, majesty...and every bit as fascinating."
Esuka Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
...I feel bad for never commenting on this. It's so short, yet it says so much. Thank you for this.
MyMiniatureEquine Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I neither write nor read fan fiction, but this short piece is good.
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Echo908 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Love it! Especially the expression on Twi's face :3
It's good to see you alive and well Esuka! I hope that life is treating you well :).
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TurtleGuy Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
"In order to make a Pinkie Pie from scratch... you must first invent the universe."

AmandaTheStampede Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist
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TurtleGuy Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Is that a thing now? 0o

Or do you just talk in the third person a lot?
AmandaTheStampede Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist
Just me trying to mimic facebook. :la:
Solunerra Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Nice, Carl Sagan is one of the few people I look up to.
MaxFirestorm Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
YES. Carl Sagan ftw <3
KeinZantezuken Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Ah, now I can see all the details. Awesome.
Thanks for the stream btwm, Esuka
anhero23 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Very nice work.
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