Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey

Sunday 9:00 PM on FOX Premiered Mar 09, 2014 Between Seasons


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Episode Guide


  • Season 1
    • 6/8/14
      The first season concludes with a profile of Swiss astronomer Fritz Zwicky (1898-1974), a pioneer in the study of supernovas, neutron stars and dark matter in the universe; and a rumination on Carl Sagan's best seller "Pale Blue Dot."
    • The World Set Free
      Episode 12
      A look at Venus and what may have happened to it as a result of the greenhouse effect. Also: an examination of climate change on Earth and what it means for the future.
    • The Immortals
      Episode 11
      Neil deGrasse Tyson examines civilisation's threat to the Earth's ecosystem and suggests a brighter, better future if we can learn from science.
    • The Electric Boy
      Episode 10
      Our high-tech world and its electronic secrets are de-mystified as we learn the inspiring story of a genius even Albert Einstein looked up to.
    • A profile of U.S. geologist Marie Tharp (1920-2006), who created the first comprehensive map of the entire ocean floor. Also: a look at the Earth's autobiography according to its atoms, oceans, continents and all living things.
    • 4/27/14
      A spotlight on the work of female astronomers, including Annie Jump Cannon (1863-1941), who cataloged stars by class, and Cecilia Payne (1900-79), who calculated the chemical compositions of stars. Also: an exploration of the lives and deaths of stars; and a visit to the planet of a star orbiting a globular cluster.moreless
    • The Clean Room
      Episode 7
      The tempestuous youth of the Earth effectively erased all traces of its beginnings. How did we ever learn its true age?
    • 4/13/14
      Science casts its 'cloak of visibility' over everything, including Neil himself, who becomes viewable as a man composed of his constituent atoms.
    • 4/6/14
      The behavior of light and its relationship to vision are studied by Ibn al-Haytham in the Middle East during the 11th century. Also: astronomer William Herschel discovers infrared radiation in 1800.
    • 3/30/14
      A journey back to 1809 features astronomer William Herschel's observations on the effects of light on time and gravity. Also: Tyson travels to the event horizon of a black hole.
    • 3/23/14
      Neil deGrasse Tyson sets off to chase a single comet through its million-year plunge toward the sun. Later, Tyson visits the birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton and retraces the unlikely friendship between Newton and brilliant polymath Edmond Halley. It was Halley's patience and generosity which allowed Newton to conquer his fear of isolation and find the courage to publish his masterwork, "Principia Mathematica" which launched a science revolution.moreless
    • Host Neil deGrasse Tyson is on a voyage to explore the relatedness of all livings things and the possible evolution of life in the cosmos. Go on a journey to discover how artificial selection turned the wolf into canine breeds and how natural selection sculpted the complex human eye. Later, Tyson visits the grand Hall of Extinction, a monument to all the broken branches on the tree of life. Retrace the story of life on Earth and the unbroken thread that stretches from the first one-celled organisms to human life.

    • 3/9/14

      Our cosmic address is explained, the cosmic calendar of our space/time is explored, and Neil deGrasse Tyson looks to history for the story of Giordano Bruno and his heretical theories about our universe.