I’ve been watching a lot of the Science Channel lately. They already had my attention with the Oddities program and the first Idiot Abroad, now with additional new programs I’m finding myself locked in. A new show is debuting tomorrow Tuesday March 13th, called Alien Encounters. Tuesday’s program will be the first of a two part exploration of aliens may communicate with us here on Earth. Nick Sagan, son of the Carl Sagan, is one of the experts in the program along with Dr. Jill Tarter from the SETI Institute.
Science Channel has been able to balance education and entertainment in their programming in an effective manner.
Here is the official show description from the Science Channel:
Part 1- The Message premieres on Tuesday, March 13 at 10 PM (ET/PT)
Part 2- The Arrival premieres on Tuesday, March 20 at 10 PM (ET/PT)
In two dramatic hours, ALIEN ENCOUNTERS lays out a plausible hypothetical scenario for a first contact event. What would really happen if we got a message from space? How will humans react when we learn that a message from a distant technology or a spacecraft is on its way to Earth? Will humans learn from aliens, or become colonial subjects? Some of the world’s leading astrophysicists, astrobiologists, and sci-fi writers help unravel the scientific, cultural and psychological impact of this world-changing global event. This show is made in cooperation with The SETI Institute which was founded in 1984 and had renowned astrophysicist Carl Sagan as one of its Board of Trustee Members. Carl’s son Nick is now following in his father’s footsteps wondering, “How will we meet our galactic neighbors?”