'NOVA' seeks Earth's origins

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

One of my favorite long-running series, "NOVA" (7 p.m., PBS), has never shied away from really big subjects. The four-part series "Origins" tackles nothing short of the creation of the universe, the birth of the planet Earth, and the stirrings of life on the planet after volcanic chaos and meteorite bombardment.

If you think four hours is a long time to watch a documentary, try waiting around 4 billion years for life to emerge. The host of "Origins" is Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at New York's Museum of Natural History and a popular lecturer on astronomy. No matter how complicated the subject, Tyson does a good job of making "Origins" accessible.

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