The Universe: Season 4

the_universeI learned* a short while ago that the fourth season of The Universe on the History Channel starts tonight! As you may have read from a number of posts of mine over the last couple of months (see e.g. here, here and here), there’s been a lot of filming for this new cluster of episodes. I actually thought it was all going to start airing in the Fall, so this is a surprise to me.

There are some fun topics coming up in this season. There’ll be plenty of interesting things to learn, with contributions from a variety of interesting scientists telling you about very new research results as well as the classic material (one of the reasons I like the series). Incidentally, I contribute to several episodes, but I’ve no idea if I’m in this season opener**, which is rather tantalizingly (and perhaps a tad over-sensationally? 🙂 ) called “Death Stars”. It is at 9:00pm ET/PT but will no doubt be repeated during the week and possibly next Tuesday before the next new one. Best to check their site for details.

Enjoy the new Season!


*Thanks Amy!
**[Update: Oh, how about that… Seems I was. I’d forgotten this part of the shoot we did. I was talking about neutron star binaries and briefly about wandering stars…All good fun!]

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6 Responses to The Universe: Season 4

  1. boreds says:

    I am kind of new to US science shows, despite having been here a couple of years.

    I enjoyed the Universe, but how do people think it compares to Nova? I watched what I think was the second episode in the new season (is that possible yet? Maybe it was an older one), but found that they tried to cover a lot of topics in one show. So many topics—two minutes on neutrinos and then on to asteroids and then onto something else. Nova and Nova Science now don’t seem to try to cover so much.

  2. Clifford says:


    Every episode is different, so do not characterize a whole season based on one viewing. As for your comparison to Nova, etc., my thought is that I do not subscribe to the view that there is only one model of science program that can be available to viewers. There should be a variety. There are several good ways of getting interesting science out there.



  3. Sara Tompson says:

    Saw you on “Death Stars”! Hadn’t realized the season had started and just came across, but now back on my DVR schedule. Where/what were the lovely trees under which you were standing?

  4. Clifford says:

    Oh, those were Ents. I was in Fangorn forest. We’re doing a mashup of TLOR and Star Wars this season. Not sure if it’ll catch on.



  5. boreds says:

    Of course, I absolutely agree with your points, and will check out future episodes. What works for me doesn’t necessarily suit everyone, and for me they did try to cover too much in that episode.