The beginning and the end
With NASA’s recent announcement of seven Earth-like planets orbiting the distant Trappist-1 star, I can’t get enough of space-themed entertainment.
For the fictional kind, you check out Netflix: three seasons of the original Star Trek, seven seasons of The Next Generation, seven seasons of Voyager, seven seasons of Deep Space Nine and four seasons of the less well known 2004 series Enterprise. For a factual-fictional hybrid, seek out the peerless Nat Geo series Mars from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. And by the time you finish all that, Elon Musk will be selling one-way tickets to the Space-X Mars colony.
Here, at the factual end of the spectrum, is distinguished English physicist and ubiquitous science communicator Brian Cox presenting a two-part series which asks the big questions: How did the universe begin? And how will it end?
It will ask what (if anything) existed before the Life of a Universe Big Bang; when the last day on Earth will be; when the sky will go dark; and whether there will be anything left when the universe ends (if it ever really “ends”)?
To help answer these questions, the series features eminent Australian scientists plus Neil Degrasse Tyson and Brian Greene.
Recently Cox arguably drove right out of his lane when on a podcast with Degrasse Tyson he declared that scientists had proved ghosts don’t exist. (You can hear his full explanation on BBC Radio Four’s The Infinite Monkey Cage podcast.)
Next month, Cox will return to the ABC with the very exciting Stargazing Live, where he and leading scientists will observe the heart of the Milky Way from the Siding Spring Observatory near Coonabarabran, NSW. 8pm, ABC. Tuesday,
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