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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Season 1 Episodes

Season 1 Episode Guide

Season 1

13 Episodes 2014 - 2014

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts a reboot of Carl Sagan's "Cosmos".

Episode 1

Standing Up In The Milky Way

Sun, Mar 9, 2014 60 mins

A reboot of Carl Sagan's "Cosmos," the 1980 PBS series that explored all aspects of the universe, is hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and begins with a look at the work of 16th-century Italian astronomer Giordano Bruno and a walk across the "Cosmic Calendar," a football field-size time line that starts with the Big Bang and ends with humans' first appearance on Earth.

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Episode 2

Some Of The Things That Molecules Do

Sun, Mar 16, 2014 60 mins

A look at canine breeds and how they're related to wolves; an examination of the human eye. Also: a visit to the Hall of Extinction.

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Episode 3

When Knowledge Conquered Fear

Sun, Mar 23, 2014 54 mins

A comet's path is traced on its long plunge toward the sun. Also: a visit to Isaac Newton's birthplace; and a look at his friendship with Edmond Halley, whose interest in Newton's work led him to publish the latter's "Principia Mathematica."

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Episode 4

A Sky Full Of Ghosts

Sun, Mar 30, 2014 60 mins

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.

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Episode 5

Hiding In The Light

Sun, Apr 6, 2014 60 mins

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.

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Episode 6

Deeper, Deeper, Deeper Still

Sun, Apr 13, 2014 60 mins

A look at exotic life forms that are invisible to the naked eye; an examination of the parts of the brain responsible for the sense of smell and memory; a journey beneath the Earth's surface to discover a mysterious particle.

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Episode 7

The Clean Room

Sun, Apr 20, 2014 52 mins

A look at the work of geochemist Clair Patterson (1922-95), who calculated the age of the Earth—4.5 billion years—using a uranium-lead dating method, and also drew attention to the dangers of lead in the atmosphere and the food chain.

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Episode 8

Sisters Of The Sun

Sun, Apr 27, 2014 60 mins

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.

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Episode 9

The Lost Worlds of Planet Earth

Sun, May 4, 2014 54 mins

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.

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Episode 10

The Electric Boy

Sun, May 11, 2014 60 mins

A profile of Michael Faraday (1791-1867), an English scientist known for his experiments with electricity and magnetism.

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Episode 11

The Immortals

Sun, May 18, 2014 60 mins

Why civilizations perish and the possibility of beings that live forever are explored. Also: a look at what can be learned from science about the future.

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Episode 12

The World Set Free

Sun, Jun 1, 2014 54 mins

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.

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Episode 13

Unafraid of the Dark

Sun, Jun 8, 2014 60 mins

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."

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