Cosmos  A  Spacetime  Odyssey

Jacob Burns Film Center Pleasantville, NY


Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Astrophysicist; Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium, Rose Center for Earth and Space


Mitchell Cannold

Executive Producer, "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey"

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey— The Cosmos on the Grandest and Smallest Scale

Neil DeGrasse Tyson and executive producer Mitchell Cannold presented on Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.

Jacob Burns Film Center Pleasantville, NY

Film Synopsis

A documentary series that explores how we discovered the laws of nature and found our coordinates in space and time.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts a reboot of Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, the landmark 1980 PBS miniseries that explored all aspects of the universe. Traveling in a “ship of the imagination,” Tyson moves through space and time, profiling heroes of science over the past 5,000 years, and exploring the cosmic calendar, in which the 13.8 billion-year history of the universe is mapped onto the 12-months of the year. Seth MacFarlane and Ann Druyan (Sagan’s widow) served as executive producers.

About the Speaker

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City. He completed a bachelor's degree in physics at Harvard University in 1980. After receiving a master's degree in astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin in 1983, he earned his M.Phil. (1989) and Ph.D. (1991) in astrophysics at Columbia University.

For the next three years, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University, and in 1994, he joined the Hayden Planetarium as a staff scientist and the Princeton faculty as a visiting research scientist and lecturer. In 1996, he became director of the planetarium and oversaw its $210-million reconstruction project, which was completed in 2000.

From 1995 to 2005, Dr. Tyson wrote monthly essays in the "Universe" column for Natural History magazine, some of which were published in his book Death by Black Hole (2007). During the same period, he wrote a monthly column in StarDate Magazine, answering questions about the universe under the pen name "Merlin." Material from the column appeared in his books Merlin's Tour of the Universe (1998) and Just Visiting This Planet (1998). Dr. Tyson served on a 2001 government commission on the future of the US aerospace industry, and on the 2004 Moon, Mars and Beyond commission. He was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal in the same year. From 2006–2011, he hosted the television show NOVA ScienceNow on PBS. Since 2009, he has hosted the weekly podcast StarTalk. In 2014, he hosted the television series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a reboot of Carl Sagan's 1980 series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. The US National Academy of Sciences awarded Dr. Tyson the Public Welfare Medal in 2015 for his "extraordinary role in exciting the public about the wonders of science."

Mitchell Cannold
is a producer known for Dirty Dancing, Little Monsters, and Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.