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Old ‘Cosmos’ vs. new ‘Cosmos’: Who’s the king of the universe?

First Published Mar 11 2014 09:29AM      Last Updated Mar 11 2014 11:50 am

Host and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse 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 in the all-new "Standing Up in the Milky Way" Series Premiere episode of COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY airing Sunday, March 9. CR: FOX

This is a beautiful thing for the cause of science education, of course, but you’ll forgive us old-time Sagan fans for being wary of the interloper — as wary as Doctor Who fans are every time that show replaces the lead actor they’ve become comfortable with.

Old 'Cosmos' vs. new 'Cosmos': Who's the king of the universe?

Battle of the Stars: an artist's conception of the forthcoming co-joining of the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies. (NASA)There were two times in my life when I was literally brought to my knees by the beauty of the night sky. Once was on a camping trip in the Nevada desert in my late 20s, when I looked up, caught the Milky Way shining brighter and clearer than ever I'd seen, like a river of a billion diamonds. My legs started ...

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