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We’ve waited patiently, and now it’s here. The new season of Cosmos: Possible Worlds premieres this Monday.

Here’s the official trailer:

If you haven’t seen the show, check out this clip with host Neil DeGrasse Tyson showing a one year ‘Cosmic Calendar’.

The Cosmic Calendar compresses all 13.8 billion years since the big bang into a single year for perspective.  Our Milky Way galaxy began in the Cosmic Calendar’s March, so I guess… happy 10 billion year anniversary (or something crazy like that).

 

The show takes the science and shows it to us in a beautiful way, and most importantly, in a way that we can at least attempt to understand. The information is at times baffling, but visuals and examples like this handy Cosmic Calendar help us to (sort of) wrap our heads around it. Some of it anyway. 🙂

The new Cosmos: Possible Worlds season premieres this Monday and it carries on the work of well known astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, and author Carl Sagan who passed away in 1996 at just 62 years old. The show was created, executive produced, directed and written by Carl’s wife Ann Druyan who continues his work and helps to preserve his legacy.

The show and the legacy of Carl Sagan has attracted talent from all over to become involved with Cosmos. Its design and animation really help to bring the science to life.

Astrophysicist, author, and science communicator Neil DeGrasse Tyson is the host, and when talking about the show, he talked about how it helps to tell us all of this complicated science in this more emotional way. When we’re able to be touched in this way by science, we won’t only learn science, but also learn why it matters, and then hopefully “be compelled to do something about the state of our civilization, because innovations in science and technology are the only pathways to save us from ourselves”.

Let’s hope, shall we?

Don’t miss the premiere of the  3rd season, Cosmos: Possible Worlds this Monday at 8pm on National Geographic.

I’ll be hosting a sneak peak of the new season at the Franklin Institute tonight with the Franklin Institute’s own Dr. Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer and Planetarium Director for the Franklin Institute.

Here’s an old BEN Around Philly episode (about 16 min in) with Dr. Derrick Pitts talking about the Philadelphia Science Festival at the Franklin Institute.

Here’s the info on THIS year’s event coming up April 16th-25th this year.