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Go on a journey with 'Cosmos' and the Hayden Planetarium

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In just one episode of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," we learned one day in our lives represents nearly 40 million years on the cosmic calendar. And if we think our hurricanes are bad, try living on Jupiter where they are three times the size of ours.

Over the course of 13 episodes, host and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will build upon the groundbreaking original "Cosmos" series and define our current knowledge of the universe.

"When Carl Sagan released his Cosmos we thought there must have been planets out there but no planets had been discovered outside of our solar system but now there are thousands," said Mordecai-Mark Mac Low, an astrophysicist and curator at the Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium. And while "Cosmos" delivers the mysteries of the universe to your living room, the planetarium's Dark Universe Space Show invites you to experience it for yourself.

In addition to its immersive space shows, the Hayden Planetarium is currently perfecting technology that will produce clearer pictures of our galactic neighbors.

"The big planets that we're now imaging are Jupiter sized. As we look as smaller planets were finding things that are really quite odd," Mac Low said. "Some that are probably almost pure iron others that are somehow very fluffy and probably have a lot more water."

Improving our intergalactic vision gets us closer to solving the biggest mystery of them all: if these planets are capable of supporting life.

"I know the chemistry on the earth is the same across the universe," Mac Low said. "Biology is a very complex form. Do I have evidence for that? Not yet."

Mordecai said we're thousands of years away from exploring these far off planets in person. But whether or not life exists elsewhere, stimulating cosmic conversation ultimately helps us find common ground here on Earth.

"Our understanding of the origin of the universe is something that all of us can share in and it's something that we can all independently learn about," Mac Low said.

http://www.cosmosontv.com/

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