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The Sciences

Known Universe premiers tonight

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitApril 1, 2010 8:57 PM


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Tonight, National Geographic is premiering a new series called "Known Universe". I happen to know that this is a good show because, y'see, I'm in it. Well, kinda. It's an astronomy show, and they have lots of astronomers on talking about astronomy and astronomical things, including astronomers (I get paid every time I use the word "astronomer" I may have neglected to mention). So I will sometimes pop up when they decide that the other astronomers are too serious and interesting, and then I'll talk about the end of the world or some other topic I'm typecast in. The first episode is Cosmic Collisions (see?) and I'm pretty sure I'm in that one. I filmed a bunch of green-screen interviews last year with them, talking about gamma-ray bursts. Colliding neutron stars came up, so given the title, I think I'll be in it at some point gesticulating a lot and using words like vast and titanic. And before you ask, no, this is not the Sooper Sekrit Project. If it were, I would have titled this post something obscure, like The Sooper Sekrit Project revealed or some such. I'll tell you more about that when I am legally obligated to. So anyway, "Known Universe" premiers tonight at 8:00 (check your local listings). If you love it, please feel free to leave a comment. If you hate it, then try here.

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