It is a new day and age as famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson gets ready to host the return of the famed show Cosmos for a new generation of academics, intellectuals and simply anyone with an interest in science. The original Cosmos series aired in the 1980s with Carl Sagan acting as the popular show’s host as he took audiences throughout the universe on an epic journey of learning proportions.
This Sunday, the 21st century version of Cosmos will air with the full name of the show being Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and Tyson feels reassured that he will have his own identity and avoid comparisons to his predecessor, Sagan. Tyson is already well-known to young minds, boasting a massive Twitter following of 1.7 million people and has frequently made guest appearances on various scientific talk shows, sharing his views on subjects such as near-Earth asteroids and even weighing in on the recent Bill Nye versus Ken Ham debate.
Cosmos, which will air on Sunday at 9 p.m. eastern standard time on Fox, National Geographic, FX and Nat Geo Mundo will be hosted by Tyson for the new generation and will have 13 episodes lined up. Viewers who miss seeing the show on Sunday or fail to record it will have a second chance to catch it on Monday at 10 p.m. eastern standard time on National Geographic, along with some behind the scenes footage.
A surprise collaborator on the new season of Cosmos is Seth MacFarlane who is best known for his popular animated series, Family Guy. MacFarlane admits that he has always been a fan of Tyson and wanted to ask him a bunch of nerd questions. When MacFarlane asked Tyson if they could meet for lunch, he confesses that he was astonished when the astrophysicist said “yes.” Now, MacFarlane is an executive producer on the show. Not only that, but actors such as Patrick Stewart, Richard Gere and Kirsten Dunst along with others have lent their voices to the scientists who will appear on Cosmos.
With such notable names, it is suffice to say that the new Cosmos series has anything but a low-budget. Natasha Nicholes was one of the audience members who was lucky enough to view the premiere screening of the series at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Nicholes says that she sat in complete silence and awe with her family as they watched from the moment it started to when the credits finally rolled. She notes that the cinematography was phenomenal and was artistically mind-blowing.
In the new series, Tyson will teach audiences about the Oort Cloud and the structure of the Milky Way. He will dive into theories about the universe being just one tiny bubble that is part of a much larger multiverse. Cosmos might make some viewers feel small as Earth’s place in the universe is put into perspective and that is exactly the point.
The new generation of Cosmos as hosted by Tyson, has been made possible by researchers strictly following a certain set of rules. According to Tyson, the series is based on the same premise that scientists around the world have always followed. To keep an open mind, one must test ideas by experimenting and using observations and then by building on those observations to either pass or reject a test. Follow the evidence and question everything. “Accept these terms and the cosmos is yours.”
By Jonathan Holowka
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