Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson

*The first 13-episode “Cosmos” run on PBS in 1980, with host Carl Sagan, became the most widely watched series in the history of public television – a record that stood 10 years, until Ken Burns broke it with his PBS series “The Civil War.”

“Cosmos” returns to television Sunday, this time on Fox, with world famous astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson at the helm. The show still explores wonders of the universe, but for a new Twitter generation hungry to learn.  …At least that’s the sentiment Tyson’s gathered from his 1.7 million followers.

“As my Twitter following grew and I saw the appetite that the public had — I don’t tweet where I’m going or what I have for breakfast. I tweet the universe. That’s what I do,” Tyson told TV critics in January. “And that has attracted an interest that I didn’t know was there. I didn’t expect it to be there. Every morning I wake up and I would look at the numbers, and I would say this is a hungry grass roots public out there that is ready and hungry and desires more.”

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Tyson’s “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” premieres the first of 13 episodes at 9 p.m. Sunday on Fox and other Fox Networks Group channels including National Geographic, FX and Nat Geo Mundo. Viewers have a second chance to catch each episode at 10 p.m. Monday on National Geographic, with added behind-the-scenes and other bonus footage. It will air in other countries on Fox channels and National Geographic Channels International.

Below, Tyson says the beauty of the “Cosmos” franchise is that it’s not just for science aficionados.