Crazy Cosmos: Space Documentary series poses intriguing questions

buzzBy: Ben Louviere

If you’re interested in some mind-blowing, life-changing, and truly amazing stories about the most ridiculous thing that’s ever happened — you can find them from the comfort of your living room in the 2014 hit-documentary series, Cosmos.

Hosted by renowned astrophysicist (and one of my favorite humans on the planet) Neil deGrasse Tyson, this 13-episode series may be the most awe-inspiring, informative experience of your life.

Why? Because it’s the story of everything. It’s the story of you, me, your TV, our galaxy, the atoms in your eyes that are reading this article — it’s all real, and it’s all happening.

What is it? What is the most ridiculous thing that’s ever happened? It’s the only thing that’s happening — the universe.

Here we are — you, me, humans, organisms — life. But what are we really? In a sense, we are conscious manifestations of the universe itself. Our atoms, cells, brains — they’re all just as much a part of the universe as the atoms that make up stars in the sky or oxygen in our atmosphere. Everything you can think of is a part of it. We are the universe experiencing itself.

How cool is that?

It’s pretty baffling — this beautiful experience that we get, perceiving this reality through the filters of a human nervous system.

Can we explain it all? Absolutely not. It’s crazy. It’s a circus, and we hardly have any idea what’s going on. But can we explain some of it? Yes, we can, and Tyson would like nothing more than to show you some of what we humans do have figured out — and, holy cow, you are not going to believe it.

Using absolutely stunning, top-tier visuals, Tyson explains the frontiers of scientific knowledge in ways that are so easily understandable. So understandable, in fact, that it’s just exciting to learn about.

How can learning be exciting? Because there is a black hole that is 40 billion times the mass of our sun, and there are at least 100 billion galaxies in our observable universe. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, contains about 7 sextillion stars.

What are we? We are lifeforms on a planet orbiting around ONE star.

Watch the first episode about our cosmic address and you will be hooked. It’s wilder than you could ever dream of — and what’s wilder is that it’s not a dream.

If you consider a Saturday night spent watching Netflix to be boring, then think again. It’s the most amazing thing that’s ever happened — all of this is the most amazing thing that’s ever happened! All you have to do is sit back, watch and realize it.

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