Thinking About the Cosmos

Comic-Con 2013 just wrapped up on Sunday in San Diego. Here in NYC, we’re getting our geek on virtually—for now. (What did we do before YouTube?!) As most of you know Comic-Con isn’t just for comics (more on their continued popularity in a near-future post)—it’s also for movie geeks, zombie geeks, Tolkien geeks and Sherlock geeks (really?). I am all of the above. But my all-time favorite is SPACE GEEKS! But seriously, folks, SPACE, not just the space inhabited by Obi Wan Kenobi, Captains James T. Kirk and Jean Luc Picard and Commander Sisko, not to mention KHAN!! (Shake your fist at the air when you say that, please.) I’m talking the real deal here. The kind that just keeps expanding.

Not only was there a taped guest appearance by one of our planet’s smartest (and wittiest) guys, Stephen Hawking, who introduced The Big Bang Theory panel on Friday, there was also an appearance by Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium. Maybe you haven’t heard of him because you’ve been on the moon. No, you would definitely have heard of him there. Tyson is also wicked smart and able to do math that makes my head spin, and like Hawking, he’s a really funny guy. Hawking makes science beautiful. Tyson makes it cool.

Tyson debuted the trailer for an update of Carl Sagan’s series from the 1980s. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a 13-part series, will debut next spring. Its executive producer is none other than Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane. Seriously. What’s the big idea here? The universe–the cosmos–is infinitely interesting. Entertaining even. Perhaps learning about it could even be cool, nothing at all like those science classes where you kept falling asleep. KHAN!! (just wanted to say that one more time.) Live long and prosper, people.

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