More than three decades after the debut of Carl Sagan's ground-breaking and iconic series, "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," it's time once again to set sail for the stars. Host and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson sets off on the Ship of the Imagination to discover Earth's Cosmic Address and its coordinates in space and time. Viewers meet Renaissance Italy's Giordano Bruno, who had an epiphany about the infinite expanse of the universe. Then, Tyson walks across the Cosmic Calendar, on which all of time has been compressed into a year-at-a-glance calendar, from the Big Bang to the moment humans first make their appearance on the planet.
Did You Know?
This episode received criticism accusing the writers of going out of their way to portray the church as opposing science in the segment on Giordano Bruno. The bulk of the segment was devoted to persecution Bruno received for his ideas on the nature of the universe, but the church was almost certainly much more distressed by his teachings on the nature of God and Jesus, which does get passing mention in the episode's depiction of Bruno's trial. He was probably executed more for his theology than his cosmology. See more