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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

8 Things You Should Know About The Return Of "Cosmos"

Carl Sagan’s iconic science show is back with Neil deGrasse Tyson at the helm. And it is awesome.


Neil deGrasse Tyson first met Carl Sagan as a teenager in 1975.


Neil deGrasse Tyson first met Carl Sagan as a teenager in 1975.


Tyson grew up in the Bronx. As a teenager, he wrote to Carl Sagan and went to spend the day with him in Ithaca, NY, where Sagan taught at Cornell University.


He recounts this meeting at the end of the first episode of the new Cosmos. Sagan dropped him at the bus stop, but offered him a place to stay if the bus didn't turn up. By then he already knew he wanted to be an astrophysicist. "But that day with Carl I learned the kind of person I wanted to become," he says.


Seth McFarlane is secretly a bit of a science geek.


Seth McFarlane is secretly a bit of a science geek.


Though he's famous for creating Family Guy, McFarlane, who is executive producer of the new series of Cosmos, is actually "a very clear and natural match" for the show according to its presenter astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.


Before the new series of Cosmos was even in the works, Tyson and McFarlane went for lunch in New York. Tyson says of the encounter: "He asked me 25 questions about the Big Bang. Six months later, the episode [of Family Guy] showed up where Stewie goes back to the Big Bang and at the end I get the credit 'Science Consultant.'"


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McFarlane even lends his voice to some of the historical scientific 'heroes' in the programme.


McFarlane even lends his voice to some of the historical scientific 'heroes' in the programme.


In the first episode McFarlane voices Giordano Bruno in an animated recreation of his life. Bruno was an Italian Dominican friar whose astronomical theories went further than Copernicus'. As well as believing the Earth orbited the Sun, he also proposed that the Sun itself was just like any other star moving through space.


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