Phil Plait’s Bad Universe is perhaps best summed up in two words: Holy Haleakala! This show will dispel any notion you may have had about the tranquil and friendly nature of our universe. The truth is, the universe we live in is a dangerous place. Fortunately, we can identify what those dangers are and (hopefully) learn how to avoid them, through the use of science.
The first episode explores the threat of an asteroid (or comet) colliding with Earth, and how it could potentially rain down a world of hurt on Sydney… or maybe even the entire planet. This Mythbusters-esque explosion-fest explores questions that are essential for the long-term survival of life on earth, like: “What’s out there?”, “How much damage can it cause if it crashes into us?”, and “How can we blow it up? (And should we?)”.
This show is fun, compelling, and best of all, hosted by noted skeptic Phil Plait (the Bad Astronomer). “But wait!” you may say to yourself, “I live in the desolate northern wasteland known as Canada. Will I ever be able to see this shining exemplar of educational television?” Fear not, brave reader, because Discovery Canada has announced that they’re working to bring this show right into your living room!