Science Guy Bill Nighy is saving the world again.
In “The End Is Nye,” a celebrity TV host experiences a comet impact and other natural disasters on camera. By: Peacock (opens in new tab).
“Six times killed. Six times!” he told Space.com.
Taking a twist from his usual educational persona, the Planetary Society CEO uses “drama, acting, and breaking the fourth wall” to create hurricanes, floods, volcanic eruptions, and cosmic snowballs. It shows what it’s like to experience a collision of
But if Nye repeatedly “dies” like Kenny in South Park, don’t worry. He revives later in each episode, reassuring us that in any event, scientists have plans to avert disaster before it’s too late.
connectiond: Why is science fiction obsessed with asteroid impact disasters (and how to stop them)?
In space, our newest weapon against space objects is NASA’s DART. This is a double asteroid redirection mission scheduled to hit a small satellite of the asteroid Didymos on September 26th.
DART is the first-ever demonstration of planetary defense and will attempt to fine-tune the orbits of small satellites through dynamic shocks. (But rest assured, unlike Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Don’t Look Up,” despite decades of research, no killer asteroids have been found.)
Nye and the Planetary Society have spent years discussing the value of the DART mission, but the show is consistent with the organization’s marketing that asteroid disasters can be prevented. (opens in new tab).
Related: Space Rock Alert: Should You Worry About an Asteroid Impact?
“Be optimistic… embrace the science,” Nye urges viewers to think as they watch each episode. and I feel empowered to do something about it.”
What is the first step now? Let’s go to the ballot box, he said, because the congressional midterm elections are on November 8th. “The main thing most of us can do right now is vote. Vote with the environment in mind.”
“The End Is Nye” is available on Peacock (opens in new tab) It premiered now, and on Thursday (August 25th).