The Cosmos E1: “Standing Up in the Milky Way”

Neil deGrasse Tyson  makes science accessible and engaging for viewers.Cosmos-A Space Odyssey Episode One: Standing up in the Milky Way is an overview of the beginning of time. It briefly explains the Big Bang Theory, the Geologic Time Scale, Evolution and Astronomy. We are also introduced to Giordano Bruno, a rebel thinker of the times who thought that the Universe was infinite.

What did you find particularly fascinating about Cosmos-A Space Odyssey Episode One: Standing up in the Milky Way?

The Cosmos Documentary E1Reflection-Nathalie

COSMOS: Episode 1

Posted by Nathalie Istanto in Biology SL on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

We began watching part of the Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey in biology class. The first episode begins with how the universe was formed and how small the earth is compared to the rest of the universe. It also talks about Giordano Bruno, who stood up against the Catholic Church on his theory that the Earth wasn’t the center of everything.

I think that the whole episode was done so beautifully, and the shots were artistic. I find that the whole episode was informative and that I learned quite a bit on how the whole universe. I find it interesting how Bruno was able to think of his theory on the rest of the universe without any scientific training. It’s such a shame that he was killed before people began to prove his idea.

I find this episode fascinating, especially the way they presented the age of the universe with a cosmic calendar. I am astonished to find out how old the universe is compared to us, and that we humans are only found at the very end of the cosmic calendar. It was also interesting to find out how small we humans are when compared to the rest of the universe. We live in the planet Earth, which is located in the solar system. The solar system is located in the Milky Way Galaxy, which in turn is located in the Local Group. The Local Group is then located in the Virgo Supercluster. This shows we are compared to the rest of the world, which shows that we are quite insignificant when compared to the whole universe.

The Cosmos Documentary E1 Reflection -Nabilia

Cosmos: Space Time Odyssey #1 Posted by Nabilla Gunawan in Biology HL on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 06:45 My first impression after watching “The Cosmos” is: beautiful. I awed several times throughout the movie, I just simply think that the visuals this movie presented are beautiful. Watching this movie made me realize how grand the universe is. It is always interesting to explore the past and the beginning of life. Knowledge can be perceived as something dangerous back then. I was a little bit appalled by the narrowmindedness of people towards Bruno – the man who disagrees with the church’s persepctive about earth is the center of universe. Throughout the time, more and more things are discovered, such as Earth, Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy, Virgo Supercluster and The Cosmos.

The Cosmos Documentary E1 Reflection-Geun Myo

Cosmos documentary

Posted by Geun Kim in Biology HL on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 6:08 am

An episode on how lead was taken out of the environment told about how people now know that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old, and explored but shoots down the possibility of the Earth being 6,000 years old.Cosmos also explored a fight that lasted decades between scientists, the government, and big corporations about the hazards of lead emissions in the environment. By telling the story of a scientist who stood up against corporations to defend his views on the dangers of lead emissions, the corporations looked greedy and selfish on the show, and Cosmos opened up a controversial topic; one that could potentially make big companies look bad.

The Cosmos Documentary E1 Reflection – Christy

Biology: “Cosmos” Reflection

Posted by Christy Zakarias in Science on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 at 8:49 pm



  • The structure of our cosmos: Earth – Solar System – Milky Way Galaxy – Virgo Supercluster – The Cosmos.
  • Our cosmos was created through a Big Bang.
  • The Sun doesn’t exist for the first few months of the Cosmic Calendar.
  • Comets shower abolished the existence of dinosaurs on Earth.
  • Humans have only started to evolve within the last seconds of the Cosmic Calendar.


  • The Earth’s early conditions (atmosphere, diversity, topography, and so on) when humans first evolved.
  • The effects of human evolution on other living things.
  • The process scientists went through to map out our cosmos.


  • I love the concept of the Space Odyssey, and am definitely keen on the style of narration. The special effects and photos of outer space are out of this world (pun intended!). I am excited to continue watching!



  • Factors affecting evolution includes inter-species relation, natural selection and artificial selection.
  • Artificial selection is when human interference contributes to the resulting mutation – which ultimately leads to evolution. Meanwhile, natural selection is when the mutation that leads to evolution is utterly caused by natural factors. Natural selection ensures that only the strongest, better-adapted species survive.
  • Mutation due to transcription and translation is entirely random.
  • The genetic code is universal, hence all living things shares a common ancestor.
  • Evolution reshapes species by little tweaks in the genetic code over generations, but it can’t start over and create entirely new species.
  • Evolution is “blind” to catastrophes, this leads to extinctions.


  • Same as episode one.