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Explore the Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson


In 1980, astrophysicist Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: a Personal Journey, opened with this line: “The Cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be.” Sagan was the world’s most famous scientist during the golden age of solar system exploration. In Cosmos, he invited the world to delve into the history of human scientific discovery. He made the story of 15 billion years of cosmic evolution accessible, exciting, and even personal. To this day Cosmos is the most viewed documentary PBS has ever produced. It has been seen by more than 60 million people worldwide, and inspired a generation of young people to become scientists.

Now it’s time for a reboot, and this time our tour guide is the brilliant, amiable, and often silly Neil deGrasse Tyson. Tyson is a dynamic presenter, and a great admirer of his predecessor. He said, that watching the original Cosmos:

“You realize that science is not just this subject from a textbook, it’s a human story. Discovery is human…It’s a celebration of human curiosity and why that matters to who and what we are.”

His vision for Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey is not a remake, but a follow-up. The new series will explore new worlds, new ideas, and feature stunning high definition images. The trailer, which aired during the Super Bowl, is nothing short of mindblowing:

Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey premieres Sunday, March 9, 2014 on FOX.

If you can’t wait another minute to fall in love with the wonders of life, the universe, and everything check out this list of books and DVDs from our collection.

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