, Carl Sagan's short lived television science program from 1980 was a groundbreaking triumph and firmly established Sagan as a household name. [more inside]
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt
on Mar 7, 2014 -
Cosmos returns in the year 2014.
"A Personal Journey" becomes "A Space-Time Odyssey". Presented by Neil deGrasse Tyson and produced by Seth MacFarlane, Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey will be aired on FOX and follow a similar format to the beloved Sagan classic, available here
posted by 221bbs
on Jul 22, 2013 -
The Adjustable Cosmos.
"In the fifteenth century, three worthies come together to tackle the Emperor's disastrous horoscope. They lift themselves to space in their medieval vessel, braving the terrors and wonders of the of the Ptolemaic universe, to reach for the stars..." [Via]
posted by homunculus
on Jun 8, 2013 -
"A mission scientist with NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, Natalie Batalha hunts for exoplanets — Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system that might harbor life. She speaks about unexpected connections between things like love and dark energy, science and gratitude, and how "exploring the heavens" brings the beauty of the cosmos and the exuberance of scientific discovery closer to us all
". (Audio link of interview at top left corner of page, other relevant links at bottom of page)
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Feb 17, 2013 -
"...I'm here to present to you - not lectures that are part of some curriculum; but in fact, I've combed the universe for my favorite subjects, and I'm going to spend twelve lectures bringing those favorite subjects to you."
Renowned astrophysicist and television host Neil deGrasse Tyson
discusses the various aspects of our universe in twelve separate half-hour long lectures (MLYT). [more inside]
posted by Evernix
on Nov 26, 2011 -
Exit Mundi's thoughts on the latest anticipated apocalypse: the coming apocalypse in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 A.D.
. (No kidding.) [more inside]
posted by WCityMike
on Jan 3, 2009 -
The Cosmic Womb:
Recently published findings from researchers with the Imperial College
London’s Department of Earth Science and Engineering seem to bolster the case for
extra-terrestrial sources for the origins of life on Earth. (A PDF of the published results can be downloaded here
, if you want the technical specifics.) [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman
on Jun 13, 2008 -
In just over two hours, Cosmos 1
, the world's first experimental "solar sail" spacecraft will launch, and reportedly will be visible
"from nearly everywhere on its surface at one time or another".
posted by theonetruebix
on Jun 21, 2005 -
22 years ago, 13 hours of television changed my life.
I was just 11 years old when I saw Cosmos
for the first time. Carl Sagan
's explanation of the "Billions and Billions" of stars in our universe was often heckled, but I always related to the wonder of the magnitude that he was trying to relate. Vangelis
was responsible for the soundtrack (the same folks behind the music from Chariots of Fire
and Blade Runner
), and listening to it today, I feel the stirrings of emotion that brought me running to Science at an early age.
If you're looking for a gift for a child in your life this holiday season, I suggest the DVD Compilation
. Make sure to buy it from the carlsagan.com site, as 10% of the proceeds go to the Carl Sagan Foundation.
posted by thanotopsis
on Sep 9, 2002 -
The Universe in One Year
Every year on December 31 since I was in 7th grade I think of something I saw in an episode of Carl Sagan's Cosmos
. I found this
: Imagine that the history of the universe is compressed into one year—with the Big Bang occurring in the first seconds of New Year’s Day, and all our known history occurring in the final seconds before midnight on December 31. Using this scale of time, each month would equal a little over a billion years. Dinosaurs ruled the Earth for almost two hundred million years - from December 25 to December 30 on this time line. Most of our entire written history fits into the last 10 seconds of the year. It's something to think about while watching the ball drop tonight.
posted by stevis
on Dec 31, 2001 -
Yet some school board members still have doubts about the science behind Darwin's theory of evolution. Can't we do an emergency air drop of Cosmos
for these folks?
posted by ritualdevice
on Feb 14, 2001 -