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Pop star-turned-physicist Brian Cox talks about his new TV series on the solar system | Interview

8 March 2010 5:32 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Pop star-turned-physicist Brian Cox speaks about his new TV series on the solar system

It's big space, isn't it?

It's 93 million miles to the Sun: that's a long way. It takes light eight minutes to do that. There are 100bn galaxies in the observable universe. If you take a 5p coin and hold it 75 feet away, the space in the sky it would obscure would hold 10,000 galaxies. It's mindblowing. I don't think anyone has a grasp of that other than to say: it's big.

You recently answered claims that experiments with the Large Hadron Collider at Cern in Geneva might swallow the planet by saying: "Anyone who thinks the Lhc will destroy the world is a twat." Ever worry that you might have phrased that more delicately?

It's not a comment, it's a statement of fact, isn't it? It's factually accurate! It's been everywhere, that. If you're lucky you get »

- Caspar Llewellyn Smith

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