Maurice Franco (Painter)
“We on earth 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 forming, with the collapsing gas clouds, condensing planetary systems, luminous super-giants, stable middle-aged stars, red giants, white dwarfs, planetary nebulas, supernovas, neutron stars, pulsars, black holes, and, there is every reason to think, other exotic objects that we have not yet discovered.
From such a world, high above the disc of the milky way, it would be clear, as it is beginning to be clear on our world, that we are made by the atoms and the stars, that our matter and our form are determined by the cosmos of which we are apart.”
- Carl Sagan