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Sunday, Explore the Legacy of Star Trek with George Takei and Neil deGrasse Tyson

Selfie of George Takei and Neil deGrasse Tyson, taken by Neil in his office at the Hayden Planetarium. Published: 25 April 2015

Tomorrow night StarTalk Radio presents the podcast version of our premiere episode of StarTalk TV, “George Takei and the Legacy of Star Trek.” If you’ve already seen it on the National Geographic Channel, then you know what a great episode this is. But my guess is that most of you reading this have waited until […]

Will this week’s 2015 Lyrid Meteor Shower be a boom or a bust?

Sequential photos of Lyrid meteor, courtesy of Published: 21 April 2015

This year, the Lyrids peak early Wednesday, 4/22 and Thursday, 4/23. Will they be a boom or a bust? The fact that the moon is an early setting waxing crescent should bode well, and if you’ve got clear skies, that’s even better. However, while you could start seeing Lyrids as early as 10 PM, the […]

Sunday, join Bill Nye for a tour of the Planetary Society’s LightSail Spacecraft

Photo of Bill Nye, Rex Ridenoure and Alex Diaz discussing LightSail test in August 20, 2014. Credit - The Planetary Society. Published: 18 April 2015

Bill Nye has been “the science guy” for so long that it’s easy to forget he was an engineer long before he was a science educator. That fact is quite apparent on Sunday’s Cosmic Queries: LightSail with Bill Nye. Listen to him describe, in loving detail and passionate prose, the materials, components, mechanisms and mission […]

StarTalk Updates: Patreon, StarTalk TV on Digital, T-Shirt Contest, StarTalk Live!

Collage from StarTalk Radio's Patreon fan support page. Published: 15 April 2015

It’s been busy here at StarTalk. From the impending launch of StarTalk TV (and pre-launch renewal announced earlier today!), to our upcoming StarTalk Live! performances, to SiriusXM Insight, to our fan support page on Patreon, to our fan-designed T-shirt Contest, we’ve been busy – and that’s not even counting our efforts on new podcasts. Oh, […]

Share Your Love of Space with the World this Week!

Logo for Yuri's Night, April 12, which celebrates the human exploration of space. Published: 8 April 2015

If you’re a StarTalk fan, it’s a safe bet that you’re “into space.” Needless to say you’re not alone, and this week, during Global Astronomy Month, there are two worldwide events that you might want to know about. Let’s start with the later event first. Yuri’s Night – April 12 Yuri’s Night is a global […]

Sunday: Explore the inner solar system from StarTalk Live! at SF Sketchfest 2015

Comic co-host Eugene Mirman and guest host Bill Nye. © 2015 Photo by Jakub Mosur. All rights reserved. Published: 4 April 2015

I didn’t get to see StarTalk Live! at SF Sketchfest 2015, which was recorded at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco. But just reading the tweets from our guest live-tweeter, Heather Archuletta, I knew the show was going to be a blast. First of all, the show features not one, but two comedians from the […]

Announcing the StarTalkLive! Apollo Mission – Exclusive Fan Ticket Presale 3/31-4/3

Poster for StarTalk Live! at the Apollo Theater May 28, 2015 showing host Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Eugene Mirman. Published: 31 March 2015

The phrase “star-studded night at the Apollo” will have a new meaning after May 28th 2015, when astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, comedian Eugene Mirman and their special guests land in Harlem for the first ever performance of StarTalk Live! at the historic New York theater. We can’t tell you yet who the guests are going […]

Get “High on Nye” Sunday When Chuck Nice Grills The Science Guy

Photo of StarTalk Radio guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy and comic co-host Chuck Nice in studio. Published: 28 March 2015

Bill Nye has been showing up on StarTalk ever since our first season, when his “Bill Nye Minutes” were one of our most popular recurring segments. But it wasn’t until our host, Neil deGrasse Tyson, got busy filming Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, that Bill got his first shot as a guest host on the show, […]

The Problem of Light Pollution from a Different Perspective

A photo by Don Jensen clearly showing the glow from the Seattle Metro area seen from Mount Pilchuck. Published: 25 March 2015

With International Dark Sky Week coming up starting April 13, this week’s guest blog post is by Don Jensen, an astro-landscape time-lapse photographer based out of Seattle, WA who is using his camera to focus attention on the extent of light pollution. One of the driving forces inspiring Don to take on the journey of […]

Sunday: Explore the Future with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Elon Musk

Photo of Elon Musk and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden with the Dragon capsule that made the first private resupply mission to the ISS, courtesy of NASA/Bill Ingalls via Wikimedia Commons Published: 21 March 2015

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the dangers of artificial intelligence. And it’s not coming from luddites who think the Internet is a series of tubes. Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk: each of them has publicly expressed their concerns over artificial super intelligence, and none of them could ever be considered technologically […]

StarTalk Live! in Boston: Fan Presale Tomorrow at 10 AM ET – Password and Link

Promotional artwork for StarTalk Live! inBoston with host Bill Nye, co-host Eugene Mirman and Rachel Dratch and other special guests.. Published: 18 March 2015

Oh, Boston. First you win the Super Bowl. Then, you steal our Social Media Assistant, Sarah, away from the warm and loving embrace of New York to your cold, snowy wilderness on the banks of the icy Charles river. And now you expect us to come all the way up there for another StarTalk Live! […]

Announcing StarTalk TV National Geographic Premiere Date and Episode Schedule

Photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson at the recording of the StarTalk TV show. Published: 17 March 2015

Press Release: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL’S LATE-NIGHT TALK SHOW STARTALK HOSTED BY NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON TO PREMIERE MONDAY, APRIL 20, AT 11 PM ET/10 PM CT President Jimmy Carter, Director Christopher Nolan, Evolutionary Biologist Richard Dawkins, Astronaut Chris Hadfield, Author Ariana Huffington, Actor George Takei and Television Writer Norman Lear Named as Guests; Features Weekly Appearances […]

Get Cosmically Inspired this Sunday with Neil deGrasse Tyson and artist Peter Max

Peter Max - Different Drummer Published: 14 March 2015

This Sunday, we’re replaying an overlooked gem of an episode from our very first season, which has been available only as a digital download for a few years now. It’s called “A Universe of Inspiration” and it features Neil deGrasse Tyson’s interview with pop artist Peter Max. Recorded in the artist’s NYC studio, the two […]

Update from the Frontiers of Human Exploration: Solar Impulse 2 and Dawn

Image of Dawn's "official change of address" from NASA Published: 12 March 2015

This was a big week on the frontiers of human exploration. NASA’s Dawn arrived at Ceres in the asteroid belt on Friday, March 6, 2015, the first time that a human spacecraft has orbited a dwarf planet. But that’s not Dawn’s only accolade. It’s the first spacecraft to orbit two different extraterrestrial targets, having orbited […]

Sunday: Genetically Engineering Lactating Men and Better Baristas

This photo by David Andrako shows Bill Nye snapping a selfie backstage at the Beacon Theatre with Maeve Higgins, Jim Gaffigan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, RIchard Dawkins and Eugene Mirman Published: 7 March 2015

If we as a society can’t agree on whether it’s appropriate to genetically modify tomatoes to better survive the cold by introducing fish genes into their genome, how are we going to deal with bioengineering human beings? Is it moral to manipulate human genetics to breed people with desirable traits? What if we could engineer […]

Logic and Evolution

Photo of Leonard Nimoy as Spock from Star Trek The Original Series. Credit: © 2015 CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved. Published: 4 March 2015

  As everybody knows by now, Spock died last week. I know, I know, Spock didn’t die, it was the actor who played him, Leonard Nimoy. (Everyone knows that Spock died in Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan.) But to me, not to take anything away from the life of the man, he was […]

The Evolution of StarTalk Live!: Dawkins! Nye! Tyson!

Photo by David Andrako of cast of StarTalk Live! Evolution: Eugene Mirman Jim Gaffigan, Maeve Higgins, Bill Nye, Richard Dawkins and Neil deGrasse Tyson Published: 28 February 2015

From our beginnings in the back room at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY to a sell-out performance at the historic Beacon Theatre on Manhattan’s upper west side, StarTalk Live! has evolved into a unique experience where thousands of fans come to share an evening of science, comedy and popular culture. (Don’t worry, Brooklyn – […]

I Just Got To Watch A Sunset on Mars

Shown: a Screen capture from the NASA/JPL Mars Movie: I'm Dreaming of a Blue Sunset Published: 25 February 2015

I wasn’t actually on Mars, of course. But I did watch the video simulation NASA just released of a Martian sunset, created from images taken using the panoramic camera on the Opportunity Rover. You remember Opportunity. It was the second of two rovers that landed on Mars in January 2004. Opportunity landed on the red […]

From Warp Drives to Cloaking Devices: Star Trek Cosmic Queries Sunday

Screen capture from the movie Star Trek III: The Search for Spock showing the USS Enterprise vs. a Klingon Bird of Prey. © 2015 CBS Studios Inc All Rights Reserved. STAR TREK and related marks are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. Published: 21 February 2015

Star Trek warped into our public consciousness on September 8, 1966 when The Man Trap aired on NBC. That means for many of us, we’ve been talking about warp drives and transporter beams and phasers for most of our lives. Alien races like the Klingons and Romulans became more familiar to some of us than actual […]

Behind the Scenes at My First StarTalk Live!

Shown: Rick (@jetforme) tweeted this image of Heather R. Archuletta touching Bill Nye's bow tie, one of the 7 wonders of the geek world. Published: 17 February 2015

Today’s guest post is written by Heather R. Archuletta, who tweets @pillownaut and was kind enough to volunteer as our live tweeter at StarTalk Live! at SF Sketchfest 2015. Formerly with NASA Flight Simulations, Heather writes the “Pillow Astronaut” blog and recruits analogs for sim programs at Johnson Space Center. Here is her account of […]

Autonomous Space Planes and Uncrewed Rockets

Artist's view showing the ESA IXV mission, copyright ESA–J. Huart, 2014. Published: 10 February 2015

Never send a human to do a robot’s job. At least, not this week. Wednesday, the ESA will test their IXV (Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle), an autonomous space plane designed to leave Earth atop a Vega booster rocket, then conduct uncrewed missions in low Earth orbit including “space transportation, robotic servicing of space infrastructure and exploration.” […]

What’s this Sunday’s episode of StarTalk Radio all about?

NTSB image of wreckage of SpaceShipTwo. Published: 7 February 2015

The name says it all: Cosmic Queries: Rocket Science Is Hard.   Join host Neil deGrasse Tyson, co-host Chuck Nice, and special guest Bill Nye tomorrow night, February 8 at 7:00 PM ET on our website, iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud and TuneIn. That’s it for now. Keep Looking Up! –Jeffrey Simons  

5 Months and 10 Days to Pluto!

Photo of Pluto and Charon by New Horizons spacecraft. Published: 4 February 2015

The unassuming image you’re looking at is Pluto and its moon Charon. It was taken by New Horizons’ telescopic Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) on Jan. 25. NASA released the images today,  which just happens to be the 109th birthday of Prof. Clyde Tombaugh, the astronomer who discovered the dwarf planet in 1930. Some of his […]

This Sunday, Return to Water World with Neil deGrasse Tyson and StarTalk Live!

Elliot Severn took this photo of His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, Dr. Tess Russo and Neil deGrasse Tyson at StarTalk Live! at The Beacon Theater in NYC. Published: 31 January 2015

Like Part 1 last week, the unexpected moments are what make StarTalk Live! Water World (Part 2) so delightful. For instance, you can reasonably expect that you’ll hear Robert F. Kennedy Jr. talking about how water privatization has become a trillion-dollar industry and warning about “biostitutes” and the failure of democracy when policy is driven […]

How to Get Tickets to the Taping of StarTalk TV

Photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson at the recording of the StarTalk TV show. Published: 28 January 2015

From the moment it was first announced that StarTalk Radio would become a weekly, late-night TV show hosted by your own personal astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, we’ve been getting questions from fans about how they could be in the audience for the taping. And we haven’t had an answer for you until now. First of […]

Water, Water Everywhere… StarTalk Live! Gets Wet this Sunday

Photo of participants in StarTalk Live! Water World taken by Elliot Severn, showing Jason Sudeikis, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Neil deGrasse Tyson, His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa. Published: 24 January 2015

The last thing anybody expected to hear about at our first StarTalk Live! at The Beacon Theater in NYC was probably Kung Fu Nuns, or, as comedian Jason Sudeikis quickly replied, “Isn’t that where we get nunchuks?” But it turns out that the entire show was about as fluid as its subject, flowing from science […]

Live-Tweeting from LA and SF with a Little Help from Our Friends

Photo of StarTalk Social Media Team live-tweeting during StarTalk Live! at the Bell House. Published: 20 January 2015

You may not know it, but StarTalk does a lot with a very small staff. One reason we can do it is great fans who volunteer to help us out when we need it. We’ve had plenty of volunteers edit video and audio, write guest blogs, take pictures and more. You’ve gotten to know some […]

StarTalk Starts Off Season 6 Small: The Story of Life on Earth

David Attenborough_Frozen Planet_BBC Published: 17 January 2015

Chances are, you are familiar with Sir David Attenborough. If you’ve ever seen a BBC nature show, you’ve likely seen him. And heard his voice. Which is why the moment in our Season 6 premier when Sir David tells Neil deGrasse Tyson about “the most sensual reproductive sequence I’ve ever shot…” is so… unexpected. Never […]

StarTalk Live! Is Going to LA to Explore Mars

Image Credit: NASA Published: 14 January 2015

They say turnabout is fair play. So I guess if I were to say that I’m jealous of all our fans who will get to see StarTalk Live! in LA on January 22, I probably wouldn’t get much sympathy. After all, we constantly get emails and tweets and comments on Facebook from fans that wish […]

This Sunday, Get Pulled Back Into “Cosmic Queries: Gravity”

Photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Leighann Lord in a studio recording session for StarTalk Radio, taken by Jeffrey Simons. Published: 10 January 2015

You know that dramatic moment in science fiction when our heroes have flown too close to a star or a black hole, and they’re about to break free of the gravity but then they start getting pulled back in? This week’s episode of StarTalk Radio is kind of like that. We thought we’d be exploring […]

Big News: StarTalk Blasting Off for Sirius… and Late Night TV!

neil-degrasse-tyson-startalk-radio Published: 7 January 2015

Yesterday, we announced that StarTalk Radio, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, will now be on SiriusXM Insight, the new exclusive, groundbreaking news, information, and entertainment radio channel on SiriusXM. We’ll be on Channel 121, daily starting 1/12/15 at 5-6 pm ET. New episodes will air every Wednesday, with shows from the archives on the other […]

It’s all about the questions in Sunday’s Season 5 Time Capsule (Part 2)

Photo Credits (Clockwise from top left): NASA/JPL-Caltech; Smithsonian Institution; Doug Zubenel (TWAN) (courtesy of NASA APOD); Luc Viatour/; CERN; Wikimedia Commons - aussiegall from Sydney, Australia. Published: 3 January 2015

We’re always telling you that we couldn’t do this show without you, but when it comes to the Cosmic Queries episodes that have made it into our Season 5 Time Capsule (Part 2), that’s doubly true. Just in case you’re not familiar with our Cosmic Queries episodes, they are episodes where we ask our audience […]

End the Year on a Celestial High Note by Spotting a Green Comet

Image of Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy Near Globular Cluster M79, Taken by Rolando Ligustri Published: 30 December 2014

Want to end the year on a celestial high note? Get outside with your binoculars or telescope around 11pm local time and look due south for the latest Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2), a bright green comet that had a magnitude of 5.0 as of last night and is still growing in brightness. (By local time, […]

This Sunday: Accomplished Women, Strange Science, Urban Legends, Aliens, Powerful Beings and God.

The Creation of Adam Published: 27 December 2014

What makes it into a StarTalk Radio Time Capsule? This season, you picked episodes featuring accomplished women, strange science, urban legends, aliens, powerful beings and God. Let’s start with the women. In Madame Saturn: A Conversation with Carolyn Porco, we met the scientist who runs the Cassini Imaging Team and has been responsible for bringing […]

This Sunday, We Make Cosmic Queries: Pseudoscience Even Better!

Photo of Bill Nye, Elise Andrew and Neil deGrasse Tyson taken in 2013. Published: 20 December 2014

How do we make our episode Cosmic Queries: Pseudoscience even better? By making it an “Extended Classic” this Sunday and adding 10 minutes of Elise Andrew of I F***ing Love Science, Bill Nye the Science Guy and Chuck Nice to the episode. First of all, it’s one of our most popular shows – you voted […]

What Were the Top 10 “Most Listened To” StarTalk Radio Episodes of 2014?

Photo Credit: Frank Micelotta/FOX Published: 17 December 2014

Every year, once the Geminids have come and gone, it’s time for us to take a moment to look back at the season that’s coming to an end. No, not winter… that’s still in full swing. In this case I’m talking about Season 5 of StarTalk Radio. And what a busy, busy season it’s been. […]

Do We Actually Discuss the Chupacabra on StarTalk Radio this Sunday?

Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman Published: 13 December 2014

There probably aren’t going to be many episodes of StarTalk Radio where the topics of conversation include the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, the Chupacabra, the Jackalope, President Barak Obama, Archimedes, and racist elephants. But that’s exactly what you’ll get in the conclusion of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s interview with MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman in […]

The Geminid Meteor Shower: This Weekend’s Reason for Looking Up!

Composit photo of 2008 Geminid meteor shower, (NASA/MSFC/B. Cooke, NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office) Published: 10 December 2014

According to our weather report, the skies are supposed to clear up a bit in the NY metro area in time for the peak of the Geminid Meteor Shower, which this year occurs on the night of Saturday, December 13th into the morning of December 14th. I don’t know about you, but I for one […]

A Note about this Sunday’s Extended Classic Episode, MythBusters (Part 1)

Photo Credit: Leslie Mullen Published: 6 December 2014

Nobody likes repeats. You turn on the TV, hoping for Jon Stewart to bring you a little comic perspective on the day’s events, only to find a repeat from two weeks ago. Or you jump in your car, turn to NPR for Radio Lab, only to find them playing the episode on toxoplasmosis you’ve heard […]

Our Fans Have Spoken: Results of the StarTalk Radio Season 5 Fan Favorites Poll

Photo Credit: Frank Micelotta/FOX Published: 3 December 2014

Thank you all for your responses to our Season 5 Fan Favorites Poll. Your favorite episode of the year was A Conversation with Seth MacFarlane, followed by StarTalk Live! Big Brains at BAM (Part 1) and A COSMOS Conversation with Ann Druyan. Your favorite Cosmic Queries episode was Cosmic Queries: Gravity, follow by Cosmic Queries […]

This Sunday: Science Deniers, Creationists and Trolls

Screen Capture of Miles O'Brien as CNN's Chief Environmental Correspondent Published: 29 November 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Elise Andrew of “I F***ing Love Science,” and veteran science reporter Miles O’Brien: they’ve each faced their share of science deniers, on a variety of topics. But sometimes that resistance can come from surprising places. In this Sunday’s extended episode of StarTalk Radio, Miles tells Neil about […]

Please Vote for Your Season 5 Fan Favorites

Photo of a vote key on your computer, asking you to vote for your favorite StarTalk Radio Season 5 episodes, guests, co-hosts and guest hosts. Published: 26 November 2014

Which were your favorite episodes this season? How about your favorite Cosmic Queries? Was Eugene Mirman your favorite co-host again this year, or is this the year Chuck Nice grabs the crown? (Or Leighann… or Colin… or Lynne…) This season was also the first time we ever had guest hosts, while Neil was busy working […]

This Sunday, StarTalk Live! Searches for Aliens in San Francisco

Photo of the ATA Telescope Array at Hat Creek, California, taken by Seth Shostak, Sr. Astronomer of the SETI Institute Published: 15 November 2014

There are some people who mistakenly assume the search for intelligent life in the universe is being conducted by wishful thinkers and fanatics, not serious scientists. They imagine some sort of oversized caricature of a telescope from a Bugs Bunny cartoon searching for little green men or Marvin the Martian. Needless to say, they would […]

Tyson! Mirman! Dawkins! Gaffigan! Less than a week until StarTalk Live! in NYC

StarTalk LIve! at the Beacon Theatre, NYC, 11/18/14 with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugene Mirman, Richard Dawkins and Jim Gaffigan Published: 12 November 2014

We’ve got less than a week until Richard Dawkins and Jim Gaffigan join Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman at StarTalk Live! I’m going to get a bit personal here: I don’t think I’ve ever been as excited for a StarTalk Live! as I am for this one. Think about it: two of the greatest […]

You Can’t Resist the Pull of “Cosmic Queries: Gravity”

Artist's concept of NASA Gravity Probe B circling Earth, image credit - NASA Published: 8 November 2014

  Comic co-host Leighann Lord kicked off this week’s episode of StarTalk Radio with a Cosmic Query of her own: “What is gravity?” Neil deGrasse Tyson’s surprising answer: “We don’t know.” But before fundamental force deniers race off to say, “See, scientists don’t even know what gravity is”, you’ve got to hear what comes next. […]

Last Mission to Hubble

Last Mission to Hubble Published: 5 November 2014

Today’s guest blog post is from StarTalk Volunteer Megan Bednarz, who works at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex as an educator and part of their Community Engagement Team. To be honest, I’m still figuring out how the whole Microsoft Outlook calendar thing works – but thankfully I did know enough to instantaneously […]

This Sunday, Neil chats with Captain Kirk, Carl Sagan and Moe Szyslak

Photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Hank Azaria in Neil's office at the Hayden Planetarium, taken by Leslie Mullen Published: 1 November 2014

  This week’s episode title may be misleading. Yes, technically, Neil has a conversation with Hank Azaria. But during the course of the interview, we get to hear Captain Kirk, Sylvester Stallone, Woody Allen, Johnny Carson, Carl Sagan, and Boris Karloff. We also get to hear Hank do the voices that he’s been doing for […]

Looking Up at the Partial Solar Eclipse: SCAS Pueblo

Photo of the partial solar eclipse on 10-23-14, taken by David Furry. Published: 29 October 2014

  Today’s guest blog post about their community event to view the recent partial solar eclipse was written by Alan Knight, the Public Relations Director of the Southern Colorado Astronomical Society, one of the members of the StarTalk Radio Cosmic Community. I knew it was going to be a busy observing event. During the course […]

This Sunday, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Colin Jost get their comic book geek on!

Neil deGrasse Tyson meets Colin Jost Published: 25 October 2014

You know those scenes in The Big Bang Theory where physicists Sheldon and Leonard, astrophysicist Raj and mechanical engineer Howard are sitting around talking about the physics of comic book superheroes? Now imagine that instead of actors and comedians playing scientists, you have a real astrophysicist and a real comedian sitting around discussing the practical […]

Oct 23rd’s Partial Solar Eclipse: This Week’s Reason to Keep Looking Up (Safely)

NASA image of a partial solar eclipse. Image Credit: T. Ruen Published: 22 October 2014

If you’re in North America, and the weather cooperates, you will get the chance to see a partial solar eclipse tomorrow, October 23rd. The eclipse will begin at 5:51 pm EDT and end at 6:08 pm EDT, after sunset in some viewing locations. In the Northeast, the eclipse peaks at 10% coverage of the sun, […]

This Sunday, Find Out Why Humans Didn’t Evolve From Monkeys

Image of homo sapien, neanderthal and chimpanzee skeletons from the American Museum of Natural History. Published: 18 October 2014

Okay. Let’s get this out of the way right up front: we did not evolve from monkeys. We had a common ancestor with monkeys, but we split off from them about 30 million years ago. We didn’t evolve from apes, either. We split off from our common ancestor with bonobos and chimpanzees about 7 million […]

A Tale of Two Comets – Siding Spring and 67P

Infrared Image of Comet Siding Spring, taken by WISE. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA Published: 14 October 2014

In the next few weeks, two comets are going to become centers of attention here on Earth. First up, on October 19th, Comet Siding Spring will brush past Mars at a range of 87,000 miles, which is about a third of the distance between the Earth and the moon. According to NASA, “Siding Spring’s nucleus […]

This Sunday: Crazy Cat Ladies, Demented Ducks, Black Holes and Hell

Photo of woman holding cats that relates to the Ig Nobel prize discussion on StarTalk Radio., Published: 11 October 2014

Have you ever heard of the Ig® Nobel Prize? I hadn’t until just last week, when we were in the studio with Marc Abrahams, the prize’s founder and the co-founder of The Annals of Improbable Research. No, it’s not a joke. It’s a real prize for real research handed out by real Nobel prize laureates […]

A Visitor from South Africa Reflects on Attending StarTalk Live!

Photo of Iwan Pieterse and Neil deGrasse Tyson backstage at StarTalk Live! on 10-3-14. Published: 7 October 2014

  Today’s guest blog post is written by Iwan Pieterse, a fan who came all the way from South Africa to visit the Hayden Planetarium and attend last week’s StarTalk Live! at The Hammerstein Ballroom. You can find out more about Iwan here. It’s not everyday even your highest expectation of something is completely surpassed. […]

This Sunday, Neil deGrasse Tyson Explores Pseudoscience

Photo taken at the Creation Museum showing dinosaurs and a child together. Published: 4 October 2014

Scientifically speaking, how do we know what we know, and, more importantly, how do we know that we don’t know something? That’s the central theme of this Sunday’s podcast, Cosmic Queries: Psuedoscience. StarTalk Radio host Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Leighann Lord dive into questions our fans have submitted (mostly from Facebook this time!) […]

Be Part of the Smartest Audience in NYC this Friday Night

Credit: Navid Baraty, courtesy of Published: 1 October 2014

After the recent back-to-back StarTalk Live! shows at The Bell House, I was talking to Mike, the club’s manager. These were his first STLs and we chatted a little about how great the audience was. He was a bit surprised at the intensity of the crowd. I know what he meant. I can still remember […]

India’s Achievement Is Humanity’s Milestone

An artists concept of India's Mars Orbiter Mission Published: 24 September 2014

There didn’t seem to be nearly as many people watching here in the U.S. as when Curiosity landed on Mars, or last Sunday night when MAVEN entered Mars orbit, but when mission control reported that India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) successfully maneuvered into orbit last night at 0230 GMT (10:30 p.m. EDT), the cheers went […]

Sunday: Discover How The X-Prize Is Making the Impossible Possible

Photo of Leonard "Bones" McCoy with a tricorder. Image Credit: Paramount Home Television Published: 20 September 2014

Back when Peter Diamandis was first on StarTalk Radio during Season 4, in Eureka! Asteroid Mining, comic co-host Chuck Nice referred to the co-founder of Planetary Resources as a “real-life James Bond villain.” And perhaps he may have seemed that way, as he described his company’s plans to capture resource-rich asteroids and exploit their mineral […]

StarTalk Live! goes “Back to the Beacon” – Fan Presale Now.

Image for StarTalk Live! with host Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Eugene Mirman Published: 17 September 2014

StarTalk Live! is going back to the Beacon Theatre in NYC on Nov 18, 2014, and the fan presale started today. You can get your tickets here. Select Ticket Type “Internet Presale” and give the code: cosmic. Here’s what we know about the show so far: The show will be hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson […]

This Sunday, It All Comes Back to Joan Rivers

Two images showing Joan Rivers and her character, Dot Matrix, from 1987 movie Spaceballs, credit MGM/Getty Images, courtesy of Published: 13 September 2014

We’ve had a lot of comedians as guests on StarTalk Radio. Seth Meyers. Mayim Bialik. Michael Ian Black. Seth MacFarlane. Dan Aykroyd. John Oliver. Kristen Schaal. Michael Showalter. Sarah Silverman. Jim Gaffigan. Chris Hardwick. Scott Adsit. Bill Maher. Paul F. Tompkins. Wyatt Cenac. John Hodgman. Whoopi Goldberg. Janeane Garofalo. Matt Mira. Jon Stewart. But before […]

Sunday: Peter Diamandis tells Neil Tyson what inspired the X-Prize

Photo of Peter Diamandis and Neil deGrasse Tyson by Leslie Mullen Published: 6 September 2014

Where does the inspiration to change the world come from? In the case of Peter Diamandis, the founder of the X-Prize, it started as a kid when he realized he would never be a NASA astronaut. As Peter tells Neil deGrasse Tyson this Sunday on X-Prize (Part 1), the kid who grew up watching Star […]

Here Comes the Sun…

Or perhaps you prefer 211 angstroms to better view solar flares and CMEs? Published: 3 September 2014

When was the last time you took a good, close look at the Sun? You could just walk outside and look up at the sky – please don’t do that without eye protection – but how much can you really learn from that? It seems like meteors, asteroids and comets get all the attention from […]

Astrophysics 101 – Classes begin this Sunday at 7 PM EDT

Image of Epsilon Lyrae, the Double Double star system, taken by David Darling Published: 30 August 2014

In this week’s episode of Cosmic Queries, host Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host comedian Leighann Lord answer some of our fan’s most basic questions about astrophysics. But in General Astrophysics 101, basic doesn’t mean simple. For instance, “How can you measure the weight of a planet when it’s the planet itself that provides the gravitational […]

More Songs about Stars and Galaxies

Commander Chris Hadfield singing David Bowie's "Space Oddity" aboard the International Space Station Published: 27 August 2014

One of the most common categories of comments we get from our fans is about the music in our episodes. Usually, it’s positive, as in, “I can’t believe I just heard (insert song title or band name).” Sometimes, it’s negative, which usually is a comment that a particular song was too commercial. But as I […]

This Sunday, Neil deGrasse Tyson has a “Conversation with Seth Meyers”

Photo of Seth Meyers and Neil deGrasse Tyson, taken by Leslie Mullen Published: 23 August 2014

Is there a science to comedy? It’s a subject that StarTalk Radio has tackled before, with guests like Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Seth Macfarlane. In fact, comedy is “baked into our DNA” and part of our show’s formula. There are plenty of shows that are focused exclusively on science, but the StarTalk Radio formula […]

Rosetta: Closing in on History

Photo of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by Rosetta on August 7 from 104 km distance Published: 20 August 2014

Recognize this picture? It’s Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as seen on August 7th from a distance of just 104 km by the Rosetta spacecraft. (That’s just under 65 miles away for those of us in the US, where we still haven’t joined nearly all of the rest of the world in adapting the metric system.) 65 miles! […]

Neil deGrasse Tyson explores the heart of the COSMOS with Ann Druyan

Photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Ann Druyan reviewing script on location, taken by Sarah Mozal. Published: 16 August 2014

Did you like COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey? If you did, you owe more than you know to Ann Druyan. And this Sunday, you’ll find out just how much when Neil interviews her on StarTalk Radio. By then, we’ll know whether COSMOS took home any of the 12 Emmy® Awards it was nominated for. (While the […]

Blink and you’ll miss it… StarTalk Live! sold out again

Photo of Bill Nye, Eugene Mirman and Neil deGrasse Tyson at The Bell House after the Particle Party 7-11-12 Published: 13 August 2014

Tickets for StarTalk Live! at The Bell House went on sale at 1:00 PM EDT last Friday, 8/8/14. For the first time ever, we’re doing two shows on two consecutive nights, as part of this year’s Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. 9/21 is StarTalk Live! with guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy, and on 9/22 […]

This Sunday, StarTalk Visits the Planet of the Apes

Poster from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, starring Andy Serkis, who is interviewed on StarTalk Radio by Neil deGrasse Tyson Published: 9 August 2014

  “Take your stinking hands off me you damn dirty ape.” Turns out that Charlton Heston’s initial impression of apes may have been right. They commit murder, they’ll mug each other for a piece of fruit, they beat each other to death with sticks, and they organize for aggression and to capture territory. And that’s […]

The Need for Space: Youth Leadership Conference

Photo of GOALS Girls presenting their projects at the Youth Leadership Conference Published: 6 August 2014

Today’s guest blog post is from StarTalk Volunteer Megan Bednarz, who works at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex as an educator and part of their Community Engagement Team. In the midst of the Intrepid Museum’s annual Space & Science Festival, Camp GOALS for Girls hosted one of its most exciting Youth Leadership […]

This Sunday – the Conclusion of StarTalk Live! Big Brains at BAM

Photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Dr. Heather Berlin and Mayim Bialik on stage at StarTalk Live! at BAM Published: 2 August 2014

All good things must eventually come to an end, and StarTalk Live! Big Brains at BAM is no exception. This Sunday, we present our unprecedented Part 3 of our exploration of the inner workings of the human brain. As host Neil deGrasse Tyson says at the beginning of this episode, we’ve never done a 3-part […]

Reporting from the Antares Orb-2 Launch on the Student Science Experiments Program

Photo of SSEP students with Dr. Jeff Goldstein, Credit - Ken Kremer Published: 29 July 2014

Today’s guest post is written by StarTalk Radio’s Social Media Coordinator, Stacey Severn, who was at the Antares Orb-2 launch Sunday, July 13 at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia. On the morning of the Antares Orb-2 launch, StarTalk Radio and the media were treated to a presentation by a very special group of […]

“You can’t joke about Anencephaly” – Preview Big Brains at BAM Part 2

Photo of Heather Berlin, Mayim Bialik and Neil deGrasse Tyson taken by Elliot Severn. Published: 26 July 2014

“You can’t joke about Anencephaly.” There may be no more qualified person on the planet to say that than Mayim Bialik. As a real life neuroscientist who plays one on the hit TV comedy, The Big Bang Theory, Mayim knows where the lines are. She knows what’s funny when it comes to dealing with people […]

Exclusive Apollo 11 Bonus Material Added to StarTalk Radio Season 1 for #Apollo45

Photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson hosting Apollo 11 40th Anniversary Gala, courtesy of NASA Published: 23 July 2014

One of the fun parts of working at StarTalk Radio is getting to search through our old material to find things that ended up on the cutting room floor. (Does that phrase even mean anything anymore in this age of digital files?) For the 45th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing (#Apollo45), we went […]

You Don’t Have To Be Born Before 1969 To Remember Apollo 11 #Apollo45

Photo of Apollo 8 Earthrise tattoo, submitted by Tim Forster Published: 20 July 2014

Today’s guest post is by Sarah Cotten, collected on the StarTalk Radio Tumblr page. July 20th, 1969. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the moon. It was a defining day for history, one that left so many Americans in awe around their television sets, daring them to dream about outer space. Everybody has a […]

Big Brain Theory: StarTalk Live! at BAM Part 1 This Sunday

Photo from StarTalk Live! at BAM showing Dr. Heather Berlin, Mayim Bialik, and Neil deGrasse Tyson Published: 19 July 2014

  If you didn’t attend StarTalk Live! at BAM earlier this year, and somebody told you that the two science guests that evening were Dr. Heather Berlin, an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience & Psychiatry, Mt. Sinai Hospital, and Mayim Bialik, who plays neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory, you might be a […]

Lineup Announced for StarTalk Live! in Provincetown 7/23/14 8PM

Flyer for StarTalk Live! at Provincetown, 7/23/14 featuring guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy, co-host Eugene Mirman and special guests Scott Adsit and David Gallo. Published: 16 July 2014

If you’re lucky enough to be able to join us for StarTalk Live! in Provincetown on July 23, you’re going to get to attend a bit of a reunion. That’s because guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy and comic co-host Eugene Mirman will be joined on stage by actor and comedian Scott Adsit. Scott […]

Robot overlords or humanity’s explorers? Find out Sunday with guest host Dr. Amy Mainzer

Artist's concept of OSIRIS-REx Sample Return Capsule. Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Published: 12 July 2014

Robot overlords or humanity’s explorers? With names like OSIRIS-REx and Hayabusa (“peregrine falcon” in Japanese), you might be forgiven for assuming these space probes were the former. In fact, they are both sample return missions that guest host Dr. Amy Mainzer tells comic co-host Chuck Nice all about in this week’s StarTalk Radio podcast, Cosmic […]

For those of us who weren’t alive when Apollo 11 landed on the moon…

Photo of Neil Armstrong taking the first step onto the moon. Credit: NASA Published: 9 July 2014

The 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon July 20, 1969 is fast approaching, and it seems everyone is talking about where they were when Neil Armstrong took that first, small step. But, as our Social Media Assistant Sarah Cotten pointed out when we were discussing it, the only people who know what […]

You Can Watch StarTalk Live! at SF Sketchfest on YouTube…Right Now!

Photo of StarTalk Live! onstage at SF Sketchfest, showing, from left to right, Eugene Mirman, Seth Shostak, Dave Foley, and Bill Nye Published: 2 July 2014

If you weren’t in the audience for StarTalk Live! at SF Sketchfest earlier this year – and after all, how many of us were able to get out to San Francisco? – you might have been bummed out that you missed the show. Well, prepare to get un-bummed-out, because now you can watch guest host […]

Travel from the Bronx to the Stars with Madame Saturn and Neil deGrasse Tyson

Natural color image of Saturn taken by Cassini, Oct. 10, 2013. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Cornell Published: 28 June 2014

If you’re not from a major city, you might not understand what it’s like the first time you go to a planetarium and see a sky full of stars. To a city kid, the nighttime sky is empty, the glow from the urban sprawl drowning out all but the brightest stars, which, in all likelihood, […]

Have You Ever Wondered What Life Would Be Like In Space?

Shown: Saturn's Rings from the Other Side. Credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA Published: 24 June 2014

Today’s guest blog post comes from Lila Hitzig, StarTalk Radio’s first high school summer intern. Today, she’s writing about listening to our episode, “Cosmic Queries: Human Endurance in Space” with host Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice. Do you ever take the time to sit back, look up at the stars, and wonder […]

Explore the Impact of Humanity on Planet Earth with Dr. FunkySpoon this Sunday

Satellite image of Earth, credit NASA Published: 21 June 2014

Is humanity a virus that has spread across the face of the Earth? That’s just one of the Cosmic Queries that co-host Chuck Nice throws at guest host planetary scientist and astrobiologist Dr. David Grinspoon in this Sunday’s episode of StarTalk Radio. And they don’t get any less serious. For example, “Which human activity is […]

Announcing Upcoming StarTalk Live! Shows in Seattle, Provincetown and New York

Neil deGrasse Tyson leaning on Bill Nye the Science Guy, Photo Credit: © Elliot Severn, All rights reserved Published: 19 June 2014

Heads up! We don’t have all the details on these upcoming StarTalk Live! shows yet, but we wanted to put them on your radar screen. The NY Comic Con show is hosted by Neil, the Provincetown and Seattle shows are hosted by Bill. All of them are co-hosted by Eugene. Provincetown, MA – July 23, […]

Cosmic Queries becomes COSMOS Queries this Sunday!

Image of The Ship of the Imagination exploring Saturn's giant moon, Titan,from the COSMOS episode, "Some of the things Molecules Do". Credit: FOX Published: 14 June 2014

Normally, for Cosmic Queries, we tell you when we’re going to be recording a show on a specific topic, and you send us your questions for Neil deGrasse Tyson, or a guest host like Bill Nye, or Dr. David Grinspoon, or Dr. Amy Mainzer. But we didn’t need to ask you to send us your […]

Astronaut Central: Space Stories at The Explorers Club Oct. 25th

Apollo 16 Astronaut Charlie Young exploring Plum Crater on the Moon Published: 11 June 2014

Today’s guest post is written by StarTalk Radio’s Social Media Coordinator, Stacey Severn, who is also an advisor to The Explorers Club’s Space Advisory Committee and one of the organizers of the upcoming “Space Stories” event. Mark Oct. 25, 2014 on your calendars for a special all-day event focusing on the history of human spaceflight […]

Are you excited for StarTalk Live! at the Beacon tonight? We are…

Photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman at StarTalk Live, taken by Stacey Severn Published: 5 June 2014

It’s hard to describe the excitement that goes on when we do StarTalk Live! It’s a bit hectic, a bit crazy. But the moment that Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman step out on stage, everything just clicks into place. Tonight’s show is at The Beacon Theatre in New York City, our largest venue so […]

Sunday: More Space. More Science. More Bill Nye.

Photo of Bill Nye the Science Guy, who now guest hosts for Neil deGrasse Tyson on StarTalk Radio. Published: 31 May 2014

If you grew up watching Bill Nye the Science Guy, you have a certain picture in your head. The science teacher we all wished we had, in a light blue lab coat with a funky bow tie, blowing your mind with science. (Even if you’re more the Mr. Wizard generation, you still know what I’m […]

Tomorrow: Manhattanhenge at Sunset, Stargazing at Night!

Manhattanhenge, a photo by Neil deGrasse Tyson Published: 28 May 2014

  Can you be two places at once tomorrow night? I only ask because you may be torn between two celestial options tomorrow, Thursday May 29th. That’s because tomorrow is both the return of Manhattanhenge and Astronomy Night on the Intrepid as part of the World Science Festival. First of all, a brief explanation of […]

Sunday on StarTalk Radio: Darkons, Repelatrons, and Fun with Physics

Photo of StarTalk Radio guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy and comic co-host Chuck Nice in studio. Published: 23 May 2014

By the time you’re done listening to this Sunday’s podcast, Cosmic Queries: Space and Science with Bill Nye the Science Guy, you will know the following things about him: What his favorite ice cream flavor is, and why it’s the best flavor. Why you can’t watch too much Star Trek, and that Bill could quit […]

StarTalk Radio Space and Science Tumblr Spotlight

Screen capture of The StarTalk Radio Tumblr page Published: 21 May 2014

Today’s guest blog post is by StarTalk Radio Social Media Assistant Sarah Cotten, who manages our Tumblr, Instagram and Pinterest channels. Are you following us on Tumblr yet? If you are, you’ve already seen some of the fantastic pages that I’ve been reblogging from. If you haven’t, go check us out! There’s some great content […]

This Sunday Night, a Bit of Honest Journalism… for a Change

Miles O'Brien and Walter Cronkite. Image Credit: Published: 16 May 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Do journalists care about accuracy?” Miles O’Brien: “Such a quaint notion. I remember the time when we actually had facts and checked them…” That’s how Part 2 of Reporting on Science starts. By the time it’s over, we’ve gotten even more frank, honest discussion about what’s wrong with journalism than there was […]

Two New StarTalk Episodes in a Single Week? Yes!

Neil deGrasse Tyson leaning on Bill Nye the Science Guy, Photo Credit: © Elliot Severn, All rights reserved Published: 14 May 2014

We’re all pretty excited here at StarTalk Radio this week. First of all, this past Sunday’s episode, Reporting on Science (Part 1) with Neil, veteran science journalist Miles O’Brien and Chuck Nice, is turning out to be one of our more popular podcasts. We can’t wait for you to hear part 2 of the interview, which […]