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StarTalk Fans: GeekWrapped is running a contest just for you!

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Feeling a little geeky? On the prowl for a nerdy gadget or gizmo to add to your collection? Or maybe you’ve got a “friend” you know would love to have his or her own personal home planetarium? Now’s your chance to win an astronomy or science themed gift from GeekWrapped – and all you have […]

This Sunday, there’s no excuse for missing our Extended Classic: A Conversation with God

Detail from Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam, for the StarTalk Radio Extended Classic Podcast, A Conversation with God. Published: 28 August 2015

On the evening of February 2, 2014, people in the United States and around the world were glued in front of their television sets, watching the Seattle Seahawks win their first Super Bowl by crushing the Denver Broncos 43-8. Coincidentally, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s guest on that night’s StarTalk Radio podcast was actually on many people’s […]

First COSMOS, now StarTalk: Is science trending at the Emmy® Awards?

Graphic showing that StarTalk has been nominated for an Emmy® Award. Published: 26 August 2015

Just a few short years ago, at Mount Holyoke College’s 175th Commencement Ceremony, Neil deGrasse Tyson said that “I need the rest of you to help me fix the world. The rest of the world is getting stupider.” While that assessment reflects a much larger set of issues, in one small measure, there is a […]

Sunday’s StarTalk Live!: Smart Timing at the Bell House

Photo by Elliot Severn, taken onstage at The Bell House at StarTalk Live. Published: 22 August 2015

One of the most enjoyable aspects of our StarTalk Live! performances is that they are often very timely. The Blizzard of 2013 (Winter Storm Nemo) hit the day after our Bell House show about “Storms of Our Century,” and onstage that night we had Dr. Adam Sobel, a professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at […]

Watch full episodes of StarTalk Radio for free on YouTube

Graphic image taken from the StarTalk Radio YouTube Page. Published: 19 August 2015

Our YouTube channel seems to be one of our best kept secrets, in spite of our “Side Order of Science” lunchtime video series or the fact that every Wednesday night when we put up a new video, we tell everyone on all our social media channels. An even bigger secret is that you can go […]

Sunday’s Podcast: StarTalk Live! Explores Sociology and the Human Condition (Pre-recorded!)

Photo of StarTalk Live! performers at The Hammerstein Ballroom: Eugene Mirman, Wyatt Cenac, Dr. Alondra Nelson, Malcolm Gladwell, Neil deGrasse Tyson, taken by Alex Mihailescu from Published: 15 August 2015

This Sunday’s episode is StarTalk Live! Sociology and the Human Condition, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson with co-host Eugene Mirman and guests author Malcolm Gladwell, sociologist Dr. Alondra Nelson and comedian Wyatt Cenac. Because we’ve gotten quite a few emails from people asking how they can get tickets to the show, let’s get one thing […]


Image of tweet sent by New Horizons when it was 2 hours from #PlutoFlyBy. Published: 12 August 2015

Back when @Astro_Mike Massimino sent the first tweet from space on May 12, 2009, who could have conceived that one day every Dawn, Spirit and Philae would have their own Twitter accounts? But now, it seems you can’t throw a rock in the solar system without hitting a tweeting spacecraft. And I think that’s a […]

There’s Hope for the Internet. Find Out Why this Sunday.

A cartoon of an Internet Troll who is trying to seem pleasant, for StarTalk's blog post on the digital age. Image Credit: ssstep/iStock/Thinkstock. Published: 8 August 2015

As StarTalk Radio’s Social Media Director, I love when we do a show about the Internet. Hearing Biz Stone tell Neil deGrasse Tyson his war stories about co-founding Twitter or, in tomorrow night’s podcast, listening to Arianna Huffington describe how The Huffington Post elevated blogging, is right in my wheelhouse. (I wanted to use ‘bailiwick’ […]

A Moonless Night for Next Week’s Perseids!

Photo of a Perseid meteor, Courtesy of Sky and Telescope Published: 4 August 2015

The Perseids are back next week, and it’s looking like this year they might live up to their potential. You may recall that the Moon made seeing last year’s Perseids problematic. But this year’s peak is scheduled to occur on a moonless night: August 12-13 – and you should be able to see it wherever […]

How do super powers stack up to physics? Find out from Neil deGrasse Tyson Sunday night.

Comic book panel from Action Comics #14, January 2013, when Neil deGrasse Tyson helped Superman locate Krypton. Credit: DC Comics. All rights reserved. Published: 1 August 2015

In this week’s Cosmic Queries episode on StarTalk Radio, host Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice look at super heroes from a different angle: how do super powers stack up against real world physics? Of course, since this is Cosmic Queries, they can only answer the questions you asked, a surprising number of […]

Breaking News: StarTalk TV Season 2 Premiere Announcement

Photo of President Bill Clinton, guest on StarTalk TV Season 2 Premiere with Neil deGrasse Tyson. Published: 29 July 2015

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL’S EMMY-NOMINATED STARTALK HOSTED BY NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON ANNOUNCES SEASON 2 PREMIERE SUNDAY, OCT. 25, AT 11/10c President Bill Clinton to Be First Guest of the Late-Night Talk Show’s New Season (Beverly Hills, Calif. – July 29, 2015) National Geographic Channel today announced at the Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles […]

This Sunday on StarTalk: Are Science and Religion Compatible?

Photo of Halleys Comet, taken by the Vatican Observatory in 1910. Published: 25 July 2015

Are science and religion compatible? Or is the chasm that separates the two even wider than mere incompatibility, bordering on the antithetical? In this week’s episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson talks with two eloquent spokesmen for each side of the issue, if an issue this pervasive and far ranging can be reduced to two opposing viewpoints. […]

Mission Complete! #CelestronMissionStarTalk Grand Prize Winner Announced.

Photo of Eagle Nebula M16 NGC 6611, taken by pro golfer and amateur astronomer Jimmy Walker, using a Celestron EdgeHD 14” telescope. Published: 22 July 2015

Seven weeks ago, we asked you to volunteer to come along with us and Celestron on a mission of discovery. Every week for six weeks, we gave you a new, unidentified celestial object to name, using either its Messier or NGC number. We showed you photos of some of the most beautiful nebulas, galaxies, and […]

Sunday, more controversy – Cosmic Queries: GMOs with Bill Nye (Part 2)

Photo of protesters at an anti-GMO, anti-Monsanto rally. Credit: Blondcupie-iStock-Thinkstock. Published: 18 July 2015

If you’re reading this, chances are that you are used to reading my preview posts about our upcoming podcast on Sundays. But before we get to discussing this Sunday’s episode, which is Part 2 of Cosmic Queries: GMOs with Bill Nye, I wanted to take a moment to talk about last Sunday’s podcast, Part 1. […]

Project Voyager, and How We Get To the Stars

Screenshot from Voyager software, showing a probe based on the Voyager 1 spacecraft shifting orbits around Mars. Published: 15 July 2015

Today’s guest post is from Zach Fejes, a recent graduate of the University of Toronto who wanted a career in the space industry and ended up creating his own job. Zach is the Project Lead for Project Voyager associated with Icarus Interstellar. Voyager is an R&D project to create next generation mission planning software enabling […]

We have a winner for Mission 5. The final mission starts now.

Photo of M33, NGC 598, the Triangulum Galaxy. Imaged by Tony Hallas, using a Celestron EdgeHD 11” telescope, used for Mission 5 of #CelestronMissionStarTalk. Published: 13 July 2015

#CelestronMissionStarTalk is nearly over. Mission 6, the last mission, begins now. It’s your last chance to correctly name an unidentified celestial object in our contest. If you do, you could win a SkyMaster 15×70 Astronomy Binocular as well as being entered to the grand prize drawing to win a NexStar Evolution 6 Computerized Telescope. The […]

Sunday, find out why Bill Nye has changed his mind about GMOs

Photo of field of GMO corn. Credit: badmanproduction/iStock/Thinkstock. Published: 11 July 2015

Pop Quiz: what do you think our most controversial subject has been, in terms of spirited discussions on our social media channels, our comments here on the website, and even on our host Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Facebook page? A) Religion B) Artificial Intelligence C) GMOs D) Landing on the Moon E) Climate Change Sure, every […]

Less than 6 Days to Pluto!

Photo of Pluto taken by New Horizons and received on July 8, 2015. Published: 8 July 2015

When NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft entered into “safe mode” the other day, a collective shiver of dread settled over most of us following the nine-year, three-billion-mile journey. Did a micrometeoroid just put a hole in our collective Plutonian dreams? Did a rubber seal finally crack from the withering cold of space, leading to a catastrophic […]

Success! Mission 4 winner announced. On to Mission 5.

Image of M13, NGC 6205, the Hercules Globular Star Cluster, by Andre Paquette. Published: 6 July 2015

Last week’s mission was a bit trickier than some of the others, but Rachel Peterson, from Facebook, correctly identified the photo as M13, the Hercules Globular Star Cluster. The other correct answer would have been NGC 6205. Rachel has won a SkyMaster 15×70 Astronomy Binocular. She, along with everyone else who submitted a correct answer, […]

Do you know who “Madame Saturn” is? Find out Sunday.

Natural color image of Saturn taken by Cassini, Oct. 10, 2013. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Cornell Published: 4 July 2015

When I first heard this classic episode of StarTalk Radio, where Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews Carolyn Porco, I didn’t know who she was. Now, I think of her whenever I see a photo of Saturn. Or Enceladus. Or Titan. She’s more than just another kid from the Bronx who discovered the stars at the Hayden […]

Hungry for knowledge? How about having a “Side Order of Science” with lunch?

X-Ray photo of a brain with an "Out to Lunch" sign, used for a blog post about StarTalk Radio's new "Side Order of Science" lunchtime videos. Published: 30 June 2015

Looking for something to spice up your lunchtime and feed your brain? How about a “Side Order of Science” to go with your meal? Starting tomorrow, we’re going to be posting a tasty video treat every day at 1:00 PM EDT on our Twitter, Facebook and Google + channels. Nothing too filling… just enough science […]

We’ve got our winner for Mission 3. Volunteer now for Mission 4.

Photo of the Cigar Galaxy M82, NGC 3034, taken by Andre Paquette, using a Celestron EdgeHD 14” telescope, a CGE Pro Mount, and a Nightscape 8300 camera with an exposure of f/7 at the Barred Owl Observatory. Published: 29 June 2015

Three down, three to go. You successfully named another unidentified celestial object, and we’ve picked a winner from all our volunteers who submitted correct answers. @CakeyP from Instagram identified the photo as M82, the Cigar Galaxy. The other correct answer would have been NGC 3034. She’s won a SkyMaster 15×70 Astronomy Binocular. She, along with […]

This Sunday, revisit the 70s with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Norman Lear

Lear with stars Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton on the set of ‘All in the Family.’ © 1978 Gene Trindl / Published: 27 June 2015

In the 1970s, reality invaded television like never before. The Vietnam War was on the nightly news. The Watergate hearings were on TV during the day. It invaded our sitcoms, too. Characters we cared about got raped…had abortions…got divorced…went through menopause. Just like in real life, but seen on TV, for the first time. Subjects […]

Mission 2 Completed. Next Up: Mission 3.

Photo of M42 NGC 1976, taken by Jimmy Walker in April 2014. Published: 22 June 2015

Thank you all once again for volunteering for Celestron Mission StarTalk. We’ve successfully completed our second mission, and a winner has been selected from all our volunteers who submitted the correct answers. @michael72e from Instagram correctly named our unidentified celestial object as M42, the Orion Nebula. Another acceptable answer would have been NGC 1976. Michael […]

Sunday’s podcast about NASA and the Hubble is “Experts Only”

Photo of NASA Administrator Charles Bolden from when he was the commander of the Space Shuttle Discovery on STS-60. Credit: NASA. Published: 20 June 2015

What do you think of when you imagine the “Administrator of NASA?” A stuffed shirt, political hack appointee, with no street cred or experience? That is not the case with Charles Bolden. He flew more than 100 combat missions in an A-6 Intruder in the Viet Nam war. He joined the NASA astronaut corps in […]

Bicycle Astronomy: Cycling to the Stars

Photo of blog author, Doug Reilly, on his Yuba Mundo Cargo Bike Published: 17 June 2015

Today’s guest blog post comes from amateur bicycle astronomer and Cosmic Community member Doug Reilly. Doug blogs at Bicycle Astronomy is the public science outreach project I run in the small city of Geneva, New York. Its mission is to provide every Genevan with an opportunity to experience the wider universe by observing through […]

Mission 1 Completed. Are You Ready for Mission 2?

Image of Pinwheel Galaxy M101, NGC 5457, taken by John Davis using a Celestron RASA 11". Published: 15 June 2015

Thank you all for volunteering for #CelestronMissionStarTalk. Our first unidentified celestial object has been correctly identified, and a winner chosen from the correct answers. Linda Kay-Bunnell correctly identified the photo above as M101, the Pinwheel Galaxy. Another acceptable answer would have been NGC 5457. Linda was selected out of all the correct responses to win […]

This Sunday, Biz Stone and Neil deGrasse Tyson will give you something to tweet about

Screen capture of Biz Stone's tweet about appearing on StarTalk. Published: 13 June 2015

There’s a revolution going on. Some people call it the digital revolution. Some people call it the social media revolution. But whatever you call it, it’s changing everything. It’s been a recurring theme this season on StarTalk. We’ve interviewed Arianna Huffington, whose little personal blog has grown into a major media player: The Huffington Post.* […]

Looking Up with My Daughter… and a Little Help from Celestron

Photo of father and daughter assembling their Celestron NexStar Evolution 6 Computerized Telescope. Copyright Jeffrey Simons. All Rights Reserved. Published: 10 June 2015

As you probably know, we’re running a contest for our fans with Celestron, the leading manufacturer of telescopes and space imaging equipment, called Mission StarTalk. Each week for 6 weeks, Celestron will show an unidentified celestial object, and if you correctly name the object using the NGC or Messier numbers, you will be entered into […]

Announcing the Mission StarTalk Contest, Sponsored by Celestron – MISSION 1

Image of M31 (NGC 224) Andromeda Galaxy. Credit: Jimmy Walker, courtesy of Celestron. Published: 7 June 2015

Calling all amateur astronomers and armchair astrophysicists! Celestron and StarTalk are on a mission to identify celestial objects, and we want you to play along. Each week for 6 weeks, we’ll show you a photo of a celestial object, taken by an amateur astronomer using a Celestron telescope. Nebulas, planets, galaxies, star clusters, comets – […]

Two Opportunities for Looking Up in June

worldwide solstice festival Published: 3 June 2015

We wanted to give you a heads up about a couple of fun, free events that are coming up in June. Astronomy Night at the Intrepid – June 5 First, our friends at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum here in NYC are holding another free Astronomy Night. This one’s called “Astronomy on Deck […]

This Sunday, Say Goodbye to the Guinea Worm

Photo of former President Jimmy Carter comforting a little girl with guinea worm disease. Published: 30 May 2015

Which former US president was an engineer and nuclear physicist? Which former US president was in charge of building the second nuclear submarine, the Seawolf? Finally, which former US president has led the battle against the guinea worm, reducing the number of worldwide cases of the disease from 3.5 million in 1986 to 126 cases […]

This Friday and Saturday: It’s the Return of Manhattanhenge!

Manhattanhenge, a photo by Neil deGrasse Tyson Published: 27 May 2015

How did it get to be the end of May already? While we’ve been preparing for tomorrow night’s StarTalk Live! at the Apollo Theater, Manhattanhenge came sneaking up on us. What is Manhattanhenge, you may ask? Twice a year, the setting Sun aligns precisely with the streets of Manhattan, “creating a radiant glow of light […]

“How will I see the stars if things get worse?”

Selfie with members of Objective 350: Clare, Sarah, Emily and Page. Credit: Clare Burhenne. Published: 20 May 2015

Not every teenager is apathetic about science and unwilling to get involved in addressing climate change. Here’s a guest post from Clare Burhenne, a Connecticut high school student/amateur astronomer who started Objective350 with a group of teens concerned about climate change. You can contact Clare and Objective350 via the links at the end of this […]

This Sunday, Cosmic Queries are back!

Photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice in studio recording StarTalk Radio. Published: 15 May 2015

Cosmic Queries are back! Now that we’ve helped the TV show get off the ground, we’re returning to our regular Sunday night mix of episode formats, including StarTalk Live! podcasts and more Cosmic Queries, some which will be hosted by Neil like this Sunday’s episode and some with Bill Nye as our guest host. We’ll […]

Results of Our Fan Design T-Shirt Contest

Image of StarTalk Fan Design T-Shirt Contest Designer: @attentionstaff Published: 12 May 2015

The votes have all been counted and we have our winners. Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest, both the designers and everyone who voted. We had nearly 50 designs submitted, and there were lots of awesome shirts in the mix. Well done. Here are the designs that got the most votes, ending […]

Warning: Adult Content this Sunday on StarTalk Radio

Clip art depicting modern love as discussed on StarTalk in "The Evolution of Love and Sex with Dan Savage.". Credit: leremy/iStock/Thinkstock. Published: 9 May 2015

Warning: Adult Content. We don’t need to say that too often on StarTalk Radio. An errant expletive here, an obscene song lyric there. But when it comes to this Sunday’s podcast, The Evolution of Love and Sex with Dan Savage, that warning should come in bold, pulsating letters. Not that there are any four-letter words […]

Help Us Decide On New StarTalk T-Shirts – Voting Ends Friday.

Montage of fan designs for a new StarTalk Radio t-shirt Published: 6 May 2015

There are just a couple of days left to vote in our StarTalk T-Shirt Fan Design Contest, so if you haven’t voted for your favorites yet, please head on over to our Facebook or Instagram pages to vote. But wait a minute, you ask. Wasn’t voting supposed to be over by now? Yes. We made […]

On StarTalk Radio this Sunday: Making Sense out of the Science of Interstellar

Screen capture of Gagantua, the black hole in the movie Interstellar. Credit: ©2014 Paramount All Rights Reserved Published: 2 May 2015

There’s so much theoretical science in the movie Interstellar that we’ve got not just one but two astrophysicists on the show this week to help us figure it out. Of course, there’s our host, your own personal astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium. We’ve also got Dr. Janna Levin, a theoretical cosmologist […]

Today: Fan Presale begins for StarTalk Live! at the Beacon Theatre, NYC on 9/21/15

Image for StarTalk Live! with host Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Eugene Mirman Published: 29 April 2015

The last time StarTalk Live! went to the Beacon Theatre in NYC, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman tackled natural selection with an evolution all-star team of Richard Dawkins and Bill Nye, plus a comedy lineup of Jim Gaffigan and Maeve Higgins. Who will join Neil and Eugene on stage this September 21? That’s anybody’s […]

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 […]