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“The Earth is a very small stage in a vast, cosmic arena.” – Carl Sagan Over the past thirteen weeks, COSMOS has taken viewers on a journey though space and time, reaching back into history to revisit historical figures and revive lessons that can inform our understanding of the universe. Tonight, the journey ends with…

As the season finale of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey rapidly approaches, we’re already starting to feel nostalgic. In this exclusive behind the scenes video, cast and crew take a trip down memory lane to discuss their favorite moments. Executive Producer and Director Brannon Braga reveals what made the Cosmic Calendar sequences his favorite, while Neil…

Venus may be our planet’s closest neighbor in the solar system, but its atmosphere seems world away from Earth’s oceans, ice caps and greenery. Where our world hosts an ecosystem that supports all kinds of life, Venus is a gaseous wasteland, its oceans long gone and its surface hotter than an open fire.  However, as…

Every week, COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey celebrates Earth’s abundant forms of life, from the birth of living organisms to humans’ existence today. But in tonight’s episode, it looks at how our civilization may die. The episode doesn’t get too gloomy with its doomsday predictions, postulating a few possible ends to life on Earth. Some ends…

Last night’s COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey explored the secret underlying the birth of modern technology, the makeup of our natural world and the scientific theories that inspired Albert Einstein: magnets. Far more than just the trinkets that decorate our refrigerator doors, magnetic forces guide the course of our planet through the universe, governing all motion…

“What Cosmos has at its heart is hope. It’s about the future we could have if we get our act together,” says writer Ann Druyan. Neil deGrasse goes on, “Science is all about asking questions that empower you to decode the world around you. Once a truth is established by experiment, it’s one for the…

This week’s COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey takes us on a journey through 350 million years of climate change. Dramatic atmospheric shifts created human life as we know it today through a constant process of demolition and rebuilding, a violent past that wiped out all life hundreds of millions of years ago as the Earth’s temperature…

Some of the greatest heroes in science are completely unsung. When it comes to telling the stories of names that aren’t as household as Einstein, Newton, and Darwin, it takes a dedicated team to uncover the historic details—but it’s a task that Cosmos writer Ann Druyan feels honored to take on. Most science does not…

In the early 20th century, Harvard – and the field of science as a whole – was dominated by men. However, one team of women provided they key to our modern conception of the galaxy, thanks to their cataloguing of tens of thousands of stars. An all-new episode of COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey tells the…

To transport viewers across the galaxy, the filmmakers behind COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey went on a quest around the world, searching for the best locations to film COSMOS’ stunning scenes. Go behind the scenes of COSMOS with a new video that tells the story of how the series was made. The COSMOS crew shot the series…

Happy Earth Day, earth-dweller! Perhaps nobody celebrates the planet we call home better than Neil deGrasse Tyson, whose hosting duties on COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey double as an excuse for him to geek out over nature. In honor of Earth Day, we’re going on a virtual nature walk with Tyson, exploring the most unique and…

The mission of COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey is a difficult one – to translate the universe’s most complex mysteries into hour-long blips. An all-new COSMOS behind-the-scenes video explains exactly how the show distills complicated scientific theories into an enjoyable viewing experience without dumbing down the facts. The science in COSMOS is presented to challenge the…

Oh hello, double shot of None of the Above.  After the mind-melting explorations of Cosmos, it’s kind of a relief to see Tim Shaw and his rapid-fire street science.  (Street science is like street magic, only not lies.)  Sometimes, I just need a man to saw a beer bottle in half using the power of…

As host of COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey, astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson upholds a legacy of learning began by Carl Sagan. A new behind-the-scenes video explores the passing of the COSMOS torch from Carl to Neil, two scientists that defined our generations’ quest for knowledge of the universe. Sagan, the renowned scientist who starred…

Each week, we’re throwing back to Carl Sagan’s original COSMOS by highlighting an exclusive vintage clip of the show. Turns out, one concept both Sagan and COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey host Neil deGrasse Tyson love to explore is space’s ultimate phenomenon: black holes. On this week’s COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey, viewers took a journey on the Ship of the…

In a new behind-the-scenes look at COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey, the show’s creators and visual effects team breaks down one of the series’ most impressive visual sequences: the Ship of the Imagination’s journey into a black hole. First postulated to exist by John Michell, an obscure 18th-century British scientist, black holes form when giant stars exhaust…

On last week’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, host Neil deGrasse Tyson explained how humans developed their eye for recognizing patterns. Over centuries of of evolution, humans’ pattern recognition skills determined natural selection. Hunters skilled at spotting prey and predator and telling poisonous plants from healthy ones they had a better chance of survival than those…

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey features all of the scientific wonder and captivating visuals of Carl Sagan’s original Cosmos. But one way that the two programs differ is their treatment of historical moments in science. While the original Cosmos used historical recreations to transport viewers back in time, the creators of the new series sought out…

Earth’s most tenacious creature can live in boiling water, solid ice, and the intense radiation of space. It can survive a decade in a desert, without a drop of water to drink, or in the deepest trenches of the sea. Meet the tardigrade. This week on COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey, Neil deGrasse Tyson introduced viewers to…

Unless you have an identical twin, there’s no one else in the universe with the exact same DNA as you. If life has a sanctuary, it’s within the nucleus, which contains our DNA… the ancient scripture of our genetic code. And it’s written in a language that all life can read. DNA is a molecule…

If you caught COSMOS last night on National Geographic Channel, you may be feeling a little small. In the context of the cosmos, we are but a speck of dust afloat  in staggering immensity. But we don’t think small. And while a mere four centuries ago, with no telescopes, our tiny world was unaware of…

It’s the continuation of the beloved television classic and its premiere is being carried by 10 television networks – a befittingly massive rollout for a show whose progenitor made popular the phrase “billions and billions.” And now, if there was any doubt as to just how epic the premiere of COSMOS has been, it has…

How often do you ever stop and wonder? Cosmos host Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson posed this very question to a crowd of nearly 3,500 yesterday afternoon at the SXSW Interactive keynote speech. With the highly anticipated series premiere of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey finally here, Dr. Tyson is hopeful this groundbreaking series will continue the…

The wait is over. Tonight, Carl Sagan’s legendary COSMOS series, television’s greatest exploration of science, returns with a renewed journey for a new generation with COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey starring Neil deGrasse Tyson. Tonight’s worldwide premiere event will be simulcast live across ten Fox U.S. channels, including FOX, Nat Geo Channel and more. President Barack Obama…

Think you can create a galaxy as magnificent as the Milky Way? To celebrate the worldwide premiere of COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey, National Geographic gives you the chance to build a universe of your own with our interactive Cosmic Creator. With the Cosmic Creator, you can design planets, moons and stars to fill the night…