is an American astrophysicist and science communicator.
The re-posted Cosmos Trailer [3m 20s]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBTd9--9VMI
The re-posted Cosmos Trailer [3m 20s]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBTd9--9VMI
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A1coholic1603 karma2013-08-04 23:23:19 UTC
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neiltyson2313 karma2013-08-04 23:25:04 UTC
Awesome shoes to fill. And of course his series appeared a generation (34 years) ago. So there's lots to add, subtract, enhance, develop.
Silence23581217 karma2013-08-04 23:25:55 UTC
neiltyson2178 karma2013-08-04 23:39:09 UTC
Dare I suggest that Cosmos, airing in primetime on network television, will play its role in this struggle.
TheChocolateLava943 karma2013-08-04 23:24:35 UTC
Hey Neil, big fan.
How similar will your new series be to the original? Will you cover similar, or the same topics? The trailer looks awesome by the way, good luck!
neiltyson2000 karma2013-08-04 23:26:41 UTC
13 episodes, like the original. Cosmic Calendar returns. So does the Ship of the Imagination. But in this 21st century version, I'm taking over as host -- sans turtleneck.
ryseff724816 karma2013-08-04 23:25:46 UTC
What can you say to those of use who are too young to have seen the original Cosmos?
neiltyson1852 karma2013-08-04 23:31:57 UTC
Netflix them. They're all there.
Yankfan237717 karma2013-08-04 23:24:55 UTC
This kinda relates to Cosmos, but... I felt that my perspective of everything changed when I took my first astronomy class. Do you think astronomy should be taught at the elementary or high school level?
neiltyson1446 karma2013-08-04 23:29:05 UTC
The study of they universe is the only time and place where you acquire a cosmic perspective. And it's the cosmic perspective that changes you forever -- a true understanding of our place in space and time. It also offers a deep awareness of our relationship to each other and to the cosmos itself. These themes will resonate in every episode.
MoxieCrush632 karma2013-08-04 23:25:47 UTC
How do you balance such an active work life with your personal life?
neiltyson1136 karma2013-08-04 23:33:22 UTC
One of the hardest things to do. When away filming for great lengths of time, your kids change. And you long for the stability of food and warmth that you otherwise take for granted at home.
WeirdTigger27553 karma2013-08-04 23:26:03 UTC
Neil! What has surprised you the most about creating the new Cosmos? The process as well as the reactions of those who hear about it? This is Mary from Newark, DE.
neiltyson2416 karma2013-08-04 23:41:10 UTC
The people who say with disdain and disgust: "It's appearing on Fox? Their viewers don't know any science!" And I simply reply, "If true, that makes Fox the best network of them all on which to air this series."
SalQ435 karma2013-08-04 23:26:17 UTC
Hey Neil! Fan from Dubai.
Do you think this remake is more information based or more theatrical? I'm afraid it'll be a little too sensationalised. Nothing's wrong with theatre, but I just hope it retains the educational element that made the first Cosmos amazing.
neiltyson843 karma2013-08-04 23:58:23 UTC
You presume that the delivery of information is somehow mutually exclusive to theatrics. I'm not convinced of that. As I've said in an earlier answer, full-up tools of movie-making have never really been tapped for telling science stories. So the new Cosmos will live and thrive in both worlds, if we succeed as imagined.
girinswinger425 karma2013-08-04 23:25:54 UTC
Neil! I just wanted to say your podcasts have been inspiring and informative. Keep it up!
neiltyson580 karma2013-08-04 23:36:53 UTC
labors of love, them all. Thanks.
mikemcgoo395 karma2013-08-04 23:26:10 UTC
What planet would you most like to visit?
neiltyson764 karma2013-08-04 23:48:30 UTC
We go there in Cosmos.
Mikeaz123372 karma2013-08-04 23:24:41 UTC
What is your favorite Burt Reynolds film (just for a change of pace from science questions!)
neiltyson599 karma2013-08-04 23:27:00 UTC
Longest Yard (the original, of course) & Deliverance
hobbit_socks370 karma2013-08-04 23:26:00 UTC
Will there be pie?
Edit: I mean apple pie made from scratch. I'm referencing Sagan.
neiltyson476 karma2013-08-04 23:37:50 UTC
Ha. ha. No, not this time, around. But there'll be other key references to the importance of the Big Bang.
infinitempg342 karma2013-08-04 23:26:27 UTC
I'm a teenager who is a big fan of astronomy and physics and an enormous fan of yours.
Do you have any tips for a high school student who is interested in pursuing a career in astronomy/astrophysics?
Thanks for doing this :)
neiltyson1397 karma2013-08-05 00:04:35 UTC
In whatever you choose to do. Do it because it's hard, not because it's easy. Math and physics and astrophysics are hard. For every hard thing you accomplish, fewer other people are out there doing the same thing as you. That's what doing something hard means. And in the limit of this, everyone beats a path to your door because you're the only one around who understands the impossible concept or who solves the unsolvable problem.
madbau331 karma2013-08-04 23:25:40 UTC
I feel special for seeing this so early. I'm a huge fan, you're inspirational.
neiltyson439 karma2013-08-04 23:29:58 UTC
Thanks for joining in.
Murillians331 karma2013-08-04 23:25:43 UTC
What's your favorite part of the show? Do you enjoy filming? Why?
neiltyson763 karma2013-08-04 23:31:40 UTC
You get a glimpse of the Space Ship of the Imagination from the trailer. It's a literal and figurative vehicle to move through space and time, and, quite frankly, it's badass. But that will be for viewers to judge. I enjoyed filming in the set for the ship. Gesturing to all manner of places in the universe - past, present, & future.
TM4823310 karma2013-08-04 23:25:50 UTC
What's your favorite part of the show?
neiltyson811 karma2013-08-04 23:36:34 UTC
This may sounds like a cop-out answer: all of it. It's written (by Ann Druyan, co-writer of the original series along with story development by Steven Soter, also from the original series) in a way that the parts come together to tell bigger stories of how and why science matters. To pick a favorite part would be like picking the part of a bicycle you like the best. The chain? The spokes? The handlebars? The petals? The thing won't ride without any one of them.
Badwithwood255 karma2013-08-04 23:26:36 UTC
What topic are you most excited to talk about in the new series?
neiltyson816 karma2013-08-05 00:10:18 UTC
Alerting the viewer of science martyrs of the past, who made discoveries that conflicted with prevailing dogma - religious, political, cultural, and who gave their careers or even their lives for the truth of their discoveries.
dr_fox239 karma2013-08-04 23:26:37 UTC
Can you do your own cover of Space Oddity please?
neiltyson745 karma2013-08-05 00:14:24 UTC
Can't really sing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OUgXFZ_WeY
Desertman123233 karma2013-08-04 23:26:08 UTC
How did you discover your interest in space?
neiltyson722 karma2013-08-04 23:47:06 UTC
Age 9. A first visit to my local Planetarium - NYC's Hayden Planetarium. Yes, I am now its director. A story that plays better in a small town than in a city of eight million people. In any case, after that first visit, I had no choice in the matter -- in retrospect, I'm quite sure it was the universe that chose me, and not I who chose it.
reymmmdavis233 karma2013-08-04 23:26:05 UTC
What are you most excited for in the new series?
neiltyson489 karma2013-08-04 23:43:07 UTC
Finally, the portfolio of story-telling tools, normally reserved for film-making and evening drama, will be applied to telling the story of the universe. The trailer, while purposefully mysterious, ought to give you a direct sense of this cinematic armament.
xandan221 karma2013-08-04 23:26:05 UTC
I don't have a question, I just wanted to thank you for being one of the most interesting people I know of and explaining science in an understandable way.
neiltyson678 karma2013-08-04 23:45:14 UTC
It's the universe that's the interesting one. I'm just your conduit to it.
Huskitch170 karma2013-08-04 23:26:14 UTC
Will there be info on how the budget cuts affect space exploration?
neiltyson564 karma2013-08-04 23:51:33 UTC
No. Cosmos, at its best, will compel people to want science, to want space, to want to explore, to want to dream of a world informed and enhanced by all the good that cosmic discovery brings to it. A mission statement such as that sails above any talk of budgets.
SwiftLlama159 karma2013-08-04 23:26:16 UTC
As, someone who became very interested in astrophysics as a whole after reading Sagan's Pale Blue Dot. What are your hopes for the series in terms of bringing more interest to the scientific community?
Big fan by the way.
neiltyson591 karma2013-08-04 23:55:03 UTC
I've never wanted to turn everyone into a scientist. What a boring world that would be. We want and need artists and philosophers and comedians and everybody else who fleshes out what we've come to call civilization. So the goal of Cosmos, and so much else of what I do professionally, is to sensitize people to why science matters -- especially to our survival, but also to our soul of curiosity, and to our sense of who and what we are in the universe. Imagine if every member of Congress had this perspective - this cosmic perspective. They could transform the country overnight, even if not a single one of them were a scientist.
bdh008100 karma2013-08-04 23:26:39 UTC
What type of audience are you aiming for with the new Cosmos?
neiltyson207 karma2013-08-05 00:20:37 UTC
Everyone who watches Fox. And if you stop and think about that -- the demographic crossroads into Fox may be broader than any other in modern times: 20th Century Fox / Foxlight Pictures / Fox Sports / Fox News / Fox Business / and of course, Fox Network.
lightlamp499 karma2013-08-04 23:26:38 UTC
Can i watch this in the UK?
neiltyson193 karma2013-08-05 00:16:12 UTC
Thanks or asking. Fox international Channels will be distributing Cosmos around the world. We did a press preview and panel for their international press during ComicCon. And a major carrier for this in many countries will also be National Geographic.
Chrischievous98 karma2013-08-04 23:26:57 UTC
Would you say that working with the Fox network made you stray from what you had in mind for the series at all?
In other words, were there some things you would rather have spent more time on? To what extent do you feel the new series does justice to Dr. Sagan's?
All that aside, I'm looking forward to it! Very excited.
neiltyson278 karma2013-08-05 00:57:05 UTC
Fox was reminded of the original - the "remastered" DVD of the 1980 series and simply said, and I paraphrase: Do that for the 21st century. For some that's hard to believe, but it's true. I add here that Seth MacFarlane was our conduit to the network. He's a fan of my work, of Sagan's legacy, and of science. And who can soon forget this scene from Family Guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hE_OehRLH3s
So when I told him that we were shopping around the new Cosmos, he brought the concept to Fox Executives. Given his importance to the network, they had to listen. Initially they may have agreed solely because of Seth's endorsement. But later, they saw the value of the network hosting Cosmos for the 21st century, and have backed it as they would any show in their stable, for the Spring airing of the series.
GodoggoJeff95 karma2013-08-04 23:26:30 UTC
Hey Neil big fan here
What topic are you most excited to cover?!
neiltyson247 karma2013-08-05 00:06:58 UTC
Keeping an eye on the search for life in the universe and on the nature of dark matter and dark energy. Who wouldn't be?
Inmybattleship84 karma2013-08-04 23:26:16 UTC
no question, but keep being awesome!
neiltyson230 karma2013-08-04 23:51:40 UTC
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copyguy2380 karma2013-08-04 23:26:38 UTC
Holy smokes. I've been waiting for this series forever. Sagan left big shoes to fill. Other than obviously updating the science, how do you rework his series while keeping true to the original? Assuming that was a goal in the first place.
neiltyson118 karma2013-08-05 00:18:36 UTC
We carefully reviewed what worked and what did not work as intended in the original series. We are keeping -- and enhancing -- all that we are confident is worthy of carrying forward. Not only the tools of storytelling, such as the Cosmic Calendar -- seen briefly in the trailer -- but also the kinds of stories that are told. All of this is true to the sprit of the original. And that what matters most to us.
Burntolive76 karma2013-08-04 23:26:42 UTC
I hope that the new Cosmos is something great I can show to my children. I'm 100% sure it will be.
Thank you for everything.
neiltyson235 karma2013-08-05 00:27:31 UTC
it will surely be child-friendly but it's conceived for adults. Adults, not kids, tend to be the source of problems in society. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDFgLS3sdpU
synobal75 karma2013-08-04 23:26:43 UTC
Do you think this new Cosmos will live up to the educational value of the original despite being on a network that focuses primarily on entertainment, and not PBS?
neiltyson169 karma2013-08-05 00:32:43 UTC
Yes. Not to worry. It's the widespread educational appeal of the Cosmos "franchise" that interested Fox in the first place. They respect the creative team and, beyond the normal FCC rules and regulations for broadcasting, they have granted the creative freedoms necessary to keep the Cosmos spirit and legacy in tact.
I add here that something can be educational without being pedantic. A stunning visual along with carefully worded voice-over can ignite interest in viewers that can send them running to the library. In fact, from the educators perspective, that's the strongest impact a visual experience can have on a viewer.
RarelyComedic71 karma2013-08-04 23:26:17 UTC
How do you feel you will carry on Sagan's legacy from this experience?
neiltyson281 karma2013-08-05 00:00:49 UTC
I think of it instead as a legacy of science that Carl set into motion. If this were all about Carl Sagan, or me, then we wouldn't be educators, we would be cultists.
TinUkulele43 karma2013-08-04 23:26:36 UTC
Neil! You are my hero, you have inspired me so much. Thank you!
Cosmos looks amazing, what do you hope people take away from it?
neiltyson155 karma2013-08-05 00:13:38 UTC
Science is not a subject you took in school. It's life. We are wrapped by it, in it, with it. And one's science literacy should never be viewed as a disposable dimension of ones mind -- not in this, the 21st century, where the engines of tomorrow's economies will derive from wise investments and innovations in science and technology.
spencer0640 karma2013-08-04 23:27:18 UTC
How big of a part did Seth play in the production?
neiltyson83 karma2013-08-05 01:15:50 UTC
Advised on doing graphic novel-style animation for many of our historic recreations. Also, he's an all-around TV-Movie smart person. So his guidance and advice, particularly with regard to Network broadcasting was invaluable. Also, his contacts in the business brought to us many production professionals who work on films and famous dramas, but were also fans of science and what a new Cosmos can do for the world. That's how we got, for example, Bill Pope, our director of photography, perhaps best known as the director of photography for the Matrix Trilogy. And our Director, Brannon Braga, long-time writer and producer for StarTrek.
We've assembled talented people, bitten by the Cosmos mission, bringing their formidable talents to the series.
merf12338 karma2013-08-04 23:26:58 UTC
What do you think is your biggest accomplishment?
neiltyson124 karma2013-08-05 01:00:11 UTC
Raising children. That should be any parents' answer. If it's not, then they under-invested in all their kids could be.
7even6ix2wo35 karma2013-08-04 23:26:08 UTC
Will you be able to talk to Eric Weinstein about the new theory of Geometric Unity? We are all wondering about that.
neiltyson101 karma2013-08-04 23:48:21 UTC
Cosmos is not your normal talking-head documentary. In fact, it's that feature of the original that enabled it to live for an entire generation, beyond the shelf life of hundreds of other science documentaries that came afterwards. So the answer is no.
petruchi4133 karma2013-08-04 23:26:58 UTC
What is the most fundamental change in the field since the original Cosmos was produced?
neiltyson55 karma2013-08-05 00:59:28 UTC
Tons. But what hasn't changed is the value of telling a good story, especially one that has the benefit of being true.
jacknewspaper29 karma2013-08-04 23:26:36 UTC
What topic was your favorite to film for the series?
neiltyson46 karma2013-08-05 00:11:25 UTC
Actually, as hinted earlier, no one topic stands out above the rest. They all blend into seamless story-telling.
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