THE GREATEST STORY THAT SCIENCE HAS EVER TOLD COMES TO BLU-RAY AND DVD JUNE 10
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been so excited to check out Cosmos. I keep hearing the most amazing things about the series and now it’s coming home on blu-ray June 10th! And… We have a copy to giveaway thanks to the awesome people at FOX!
Hosted by renowned astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and executive produced by Ann Druyan, Seth MacFarlane, Mitchell Cannold and Brannon Braga, COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY features incredible bonus materials including a stunning five-part documentary on the making of this critically-acclaimed ground-breaking event. Fans can also discover what connects us all and see the past, present and future of our galaxy with the interactive “Cosmic Calendar,” exclusive to the Blu-ray release.
Who hasn’t heard of Carl Sagan but do you know these lesser heroes of science? Check out the cool guide below to some people that have been really important but maybe not household names. Then pick your favorite to enter to win a copy of Cosmos on blu-ray!
COSMOS: HEROES OF SCIENCE
In it’s thirteen episodes, COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY has endeavored to bring light to some of the heroes of scientific history who have been unjustly overlooked. In honor of the series’ release on Blu-ray and DVD on June 10, we’re taking a look back at a few of these important forgotten trailblazers.
Going against convention, this Dominican friar was vocal in his claim that the earth not only revolved around the sun (a relatively new idea at the time), but that the sun was just another of the countless stars in the sky and there were a multitude of other worlds in the universe. Bruno was burned at the stake for his beliefs, years before he would be proven right by astronomers.
An accomplished astronomer, Herschel discovered the planet Uranus along with its two largest moons, was the first to determine the existence of infrared radiation and observed the phenomenon of binary stars caught in the gravitation pull of invisible dark stars.
Michell was one of the greatest scientific minds of the 18th century that most people have never heard of. He was the first person to propose the idea of black holes, the first to hypothesize that earthquakes move in waves and the first to develop a way to make artificial magnets. His biggest downfall was his lack of interest in promoting his own ideas to the scientific community.
Not only was Patterson the first to use Uranium-Lead dating to calculate the age of the Earth (4.55 billion years), but in the process he developed new standards for sterile lab conditions and, perhaps most importantly, discovered the growing threat of lead poisoning from industrial sources such as car emissions and paint. His tireless lobbying of the government eventually led to strict sanctions on the use of lead in consumer products by the Environmental Protection Agency that are still in place today.
ANNIE JUMP CANNON and HENRIETTA SWAN LEAVITT
Cannon and Leavitt were employed by Harvard Observatory directory Edward C. Pickering to help him in his endeavors to map and classify the stars. Cannon is credited with creating the Harvard Classification System, which organizes stars based on temperature. Leavitt discovered an important astronomical relationship that later allowed astronomers to calculate the distance between Earth and far away galaxies.
Learn more inspirational stories of science heroes by watching COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY on Blu-ray and DVD, June 10th.
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