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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: milesobrien.com 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 […]

Surprise Guests Are Part of the Fun at StarTalk Live!

Photo: Empty Stage, BAM, 2-24-14 by Jeffrey Lee Simons Published: 7 May 2014

Part of the fun of going to StarTalk Live! is that you never know who’s going to show up on stage… even when you think you know. This past Sunday, lucky StarTalk fans got treated to an extra surprise, when Dr. David Grinspoon, aka Dr. FunkySpoon, showed up as a surprise science guest at the […]

This Sunday, Dr. Amy Mainzer and Chuck Nice “Rock” StarTalk Radio

Photo of Chuck Nice and Dr. Amy Mainzer from StarTalk Radio, by Laura Berland. Published: 3 May 2014

This week, StarTalk Radio welcomes Dr. Amy Mainzer to the ranks of “Science All-Stars” who are courageously filling in for host Neil deGrasse Tyson on those occasions when he’s been off working on the new COSMOS series on FOX. As an astrophysicist who works at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Amy is the ideal guide to […]

Geeking Out at PAX East

Photo of PAX East 2011 Expo Hall taken by StarTalk Radio Social Media Assistant Sarah C. Published: 30 April 2014

Today’s guest blog post is by StarTalk Radio Social Media Assistant Sarah Cotten, who manages our Tumblr, Instagram and Pinterest channels and, as you’re about to find out, is a bit of a geek: About three weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending PAX East, up in Boston, MA. I’ve gone every year, since […]

Your Questions about Quantum Entanglement, Cosmic Bruising and More This Sunday

NASA image of collision between Andromeda and Milky Way Galaxies as seen from earth. Published: 26 April 2014

  Cosmic bruises… Quantum entanglement… Gravitational lensing… Ion drives… Asteroid mining… Evaporating black holes… Expanding universes and colliding galaxies… The search for atmospheric biomarkers on exoplanets… No, this isn’t science fiction… it’s the frontier of science in 2014. And tomorrow night, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Eugene Mirman tick off a few of […]

From “Earthrise” to #GlobalSelfies…

Image showing some of the 22 languages in which NASA created their "#GlobalSelfie" signs. Published: 23 April 2014

  “Earthrise” – the iconic photograph of Earth taken from lunar orbit on Dec. 24, 1968 by Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders – is often considered to be one of the most important – and reproduced – photographs ever taken. It was the first time we ever actually saw Earth floating in the vastness of […]

Worlds Collide this Sunday when Neil deGrasse Tyson Has a COSMOS Conversation

Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of both StarTalk Radio and the new COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey on FOX. Credit: FOX. Published: 19 April 2014

Have you been watching the new COSMOS series on FOX and wondered why the show seems to focus so much on the history of science? Or maybe you want to know why the new Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey utilizes so much more animation than the original Cosmos: A Personal Voyage did? You’re in luck, because […]

Black Holes, Alien Gummy Bears & Conspiracy Theories – This Sunday on StarTalk!

Alien Bear Courtesy of Wikia, posted by Bas Slinger Published: 12 April 2014

As I’ve written before, we get more science questions from our fans than Neil can possibly ever answer. Sure, he’s your personal astrophysicist, and you have every right to ask him anything you want, but there are a lot of you. So these questions just pile up and pile up until we can answer them […]

Visit StarTalk Radio at the 2014 Northeast Astronomy Forum this weekend!

A shot of the exhibit floor at The Northeast Astronomy Forum Published: 9 April 2014

StarTalk Radio will be back at NEAF this weekend, April 12-13th. Once again, Neil won’t be with us manning the booth, but he will be at the show… sort of. He’ll be on the big screen as part of a special live video presentation and Q&A about the new COSMOS series on FOX… So who […]

This Sunday, Explore Venus with Dr. FunkySpoon

Talking science at StarTalk Live: Astrobiologist Dr. David Grinspoon and Astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. Photo Credit: ©Stacey Severn. Published: 5 April 2014

Ask most people who Dr. FunkySpoon is and you’ll be met with blank stares. But if you listen to StarTalk Radio, you’re probably as big a fan of David Grinspoon as we are. We first got to know Dr. Grinspoon during one of our most popular StarTalk Live! shows ever back in September of 2012. […]

From Mars to Meteors, April Is a Great Month for Looking Up

True-color photo of Mars from Hubblesite.org Published: 2 April 2014

From the largest worldwide celebration of astronomy, to a close-up of Mars, a lunar eclipse, and the Lyrid Meteor Shower, if the weather cooperates, this month could be a great month for getting outside and celebrating the cosmos. Global Astronomy Month To start with, it’s Global Astronomy Month, the worldwide celebration of astronomy sponsored by […]

This Week’s Classic Episode on Ebola, Viruses and Outbreaks Is More Timely than Ever

Photo Credit: MGVP/UC Davis Published: 28 March 2014

  In between discoveries of new dwarf planets in the Oort Cloud and primordial gravitational waves and black holes and postponed rocket launches, you might have missed a bit of news: there’s an Ebola outbreak spreading across west Africa. At one point, there was even a fear that it had spread to Canada, where a […]

Anything interesting happen today?

These images show the discovery of 2012 VP113 taken about 2 hours apart on Nov. 5, 2012. Published: 26 March 2014

“So, anything interesting happen today?” “Well, they announced the discovery of a new dwarf planet, 2012 VP113, that’s further away from the Sun than Pluto.” “Wow. That must be the most exciting day for you space nuts in quite a while.” “Not really. Last week they announced they discovered evidence of “primordial gravitational waves” that […]

This Sunday, Morpheus Gives Neil deGrasse Tyson the Red Pill

Image still of Morpheus from “The Matrix.” Credit: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Published: 22 March 2014

What does it take to get Neil deGrasse Tyson to go all fan-boy geek? Not much. Just ship him off to Santa Fe to shoot COSMOS and then tell him Laurence Fishburne is in town filming a new indie sci-fi flick, The Signal. You see, Neil is a total Matrix fan boy. Like, a “memorize […]

Science Makes Lousy Sound Bites.

Shown: actual B-mode pattern observed with the BICEP2 telescope. Published: 19 March 2014

Science is hot again. It’s more than hot… it’s popular. On Monday, astronomers announced that they have discovered evidence of “primordial gravitational waves” that support the theory of an inflationary big bang at the dawn of our Universe. Of course, if you tried to watch the live streaming announcement from Harvard, you most likely couldn’t […]

Go Behind the Scenes for this Sunday’s Episode of StarTalk Radio

Photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman in the recording studio for StarTalk Radio Published: 15 March 2014

Judging from the amount of questions you submit to us on the depiction of science in the movies and on TV, on top of all the questions we get about science fiction, it’s clearly a favorite topic of yours. And we’re not just talking about the questions we ask you to submit when we know […]

The Best Thing About Watching COSMOS

Photo of Carl Sagan's autographed book for Neil deGrasse Tyson Published: 12 March 2014

  Confession: I didn’t watch COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey on Sunday night when millions of people around the world did. That’s because I promised my 9-year-old daughter that we would watch it together as a family, and we didn’t get that opportunity until Tuesday night. You see, my daughter is a big fan of Neil’s, […]

While the Cat’s Away… Bill Nye Guest Hosts on StarTalk this Sunday

Photo of StarTalk Radio guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy, comic co-host Eugene Mirman and guest NASA astronaut Mike Massimino Published: 8 March 2014

Have you ever heard the phrase, “When the cat’s away, the mice will play?” Well, our host, Neil deGrasse Tyson, is certainly one cool cat. I’m not sure Bill Nye the Science Guy, Eugene Mirman and NASA astronaut Mike Massimino qualify as mice, but while Neil’s was working on the new COSMOS series on FOX, […]

It’s Time for StarTalk Radio Cosmic Quips and Clips: Comedy

Norm MacDonald on Late Show with David Letterman_Copyright CBS. All rights reserved. Published: 26 February 2014

It’s time for another installment of StarTalk Radio Cosmic Quips and Clips from our comedy contributor, Dan Perlman. For those of you who don’t know, the videos in our Cosmic Quips and Clips playlist are our favorite videos where comedy collides with science and pop culture which Dan has found for us on YouTube. (As […]

Did you know that StarTalk Radio has a YouTube channel?

In-Studio photo for StarTalk Radio, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, on YouTube Published: 19 February 2014

Why would a podcast and radio show have a YouTube Channel, you may ask? Well, I started out shooting “Behind the Scenes” videos during the first recording sessions I sat in on when I joined the StarTalk Team, using what we fondly refer to as “ShakyCam” (a handheld compact digital camera). But over time, we’ve […]

Tomorrow night: Neil meets the MythBusters

Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman Published: 15 February 2014

Why do we love MythBusters? While I was listening to this week’s episode, where astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down in his office with MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, it occurred to me that the reason we love the show is that we love it when we see science in action. Science that burns […]

Be the Lucky Fan Who Comes Backstage at StarTalk Live 2-24-14!

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Michael Tseng backstage at StarTalk Live 11-4-13 Published: 12 February 2014

Do you know this person? He’s Michael Tseng, and he was the lucky fan whose question was picked and who got to come backstage at StarTalk Live last Nov. 4, 2013. Is it your turn this time? All you need to do is come up with the absolutely best Cosmic Query to ask Neil deGrasse […]

The answer to every one of this week’s Cosmic Queries is… Science.

Illustration of science arising from the mind of man Published: 8 February 2014

One of the fun things about being in the studio for our Cosmic Queries episodes is watching how Neil responds to some of the questions. Sometimes, the more “out there” the better. Take this Sunday’s episode, “A Powerful Potpourri.” The first question co-host Chuck asks Neil to answer comes from a fan who believes in […]

Don’t miss Neil deGrasse Tyson’s exclusive “Conversation with God”

Detail from the Sistine Chapel ceiling – “The creation of the Sun, Moon and Planets” by Michelangelo Published: 1 February 2014

I admit it. The least likely interview I ever thought I’d hear Neil deGrasse Tyson do is with God. After all, God has got to be considered one of the toughest “gets” in the business. Then again, Neil interviewed Morgan Freeman, who has played God – twice – so maybe Morgan put in a good […]

This Week’s Question: Can the US create a National Park on the Moon?

The Lunar Rover as seen from the Apollo 17 Lunar Module. Credit: NASA Published: 29 January 2014

Yellowstone. Yosemite. Tranquility Base? If Representative Rep. Donna Edwards [D-MD4] and the US Congress pass the Apollo Lunar Landing Legacy Act, then some day Americans may be spending their summer vacations visiting the Lunar surface and oohing and aahing at Mons Huygens or snapping selfies with the Earth in the background. The bill “requires the […]

This Sunday, We’re Back with Cosmic Queries Science Fiction – The Sequel

Image of The Professor, Gilligan, the Skipper and the coconut-powered radio on Gilligan's Island Published: 25 January 2014

Science fiction double feature Doctor X will build a creature See androids fighting Brad and Janet Anne Francis stars in Forbidden Planet Wo oh oh oh oh oh At the late night, double feature, picture show – Lyrics from “Science Fiction/Double Feature” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show No, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is […]

Announcing Our New StarTalk Radio Survey: Who Owns Space?

Image of astronaut claiming asteroid for StarTalk survey, Who Owns Space? Published: 22 January 2014

Who owns space? Can a corporation claim an asteroid? Can a country establish a national park on the Moon? If your satellite crashes into my space station, can I sue? The idea for our newest survey started last Spring, when we asked you for questions about asteroids for our episode, Cosmic Queries: Asteroids, Comets and […]

StarTalk Radio Survey: Who Owns Space?

Image credit: Harrison ‘Jack’ Schmitt, American Flag, and Earth (Apollo 17 EVA-1) / NASA. Published: 21 January 2014

The exploration of space is entering a new era. China has a rover on the Moon. Private industry is contemplating a colony on Mars. Corporations are planning to mine near-Earth asteroids for minerals. The US Congress introduced a bill to turn the Apollo Lunar Landing Sites into a national historic park. Nations from India to […]

Why Don’t We Have Space Elevators Yet? Find Out Sunday Night.

Image of space elevator concept by artist Pat Rawling, courtesy of NASA. Published: 18 January 2014

Why don’t we have space elevators yet? Are private companies going to be the main pioneers of Space Tourism rather than governments? How can we be space tourists when most tourists would be puking? Will space tourism help or hinder actual space exploration? Why would any tourists want to go to Mars? What is there […]

In Memoriam: John Dobson (1915 – 2014)

Photo of John Dobson and Elliot Severn in front of a Dobsonian telescope. Published: 15 January 2014

This post comes from Stacey Severn, our Social Media Coordinator and an amateur astronomer who has been building the StarTalk Radio Cosmic Community of academic and scientific organizations, programming groups, schools and astronomy clubs that will help promote excitement and interest in STEM education. As a member of the Boothe Memorial Astronomical Society in Stratford […]

Season Five begins with… The Starry Night?

StarTalk Radio Starry Night Published: 11 January 2014

A starry night or The Starry Night? Why not enjoy both? As astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says in answer to a fan’s question in this Sunday’s Season 5 premiere, Cosmic Queries: Art and Science, his appreciation of art enhances his capacity to appreciate the splendor and beauty of the art of the cosmos. The intersection […]

The Best Laid Plans, or, Space Is a Dangerous Business

Antares and Cygnus at dusk - NASA's Wallops Flight Facility Photo by Elliot Severn of The Spaceflight Group Published: 8 January 2014

In the past few weeks, we’ve seen the best laid plans of Orbital Sciences and SpaceX altered by unforeseen circumstances. Back in December, Orbital Science’s first cargo run to the ISS was postponed until astronauts could fix the station’s malfunctioning cooling system. The flight of the Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus spacecraft was rescheduled until […]

Tomorrow Night! Season 4 Time Capsule Part 2: Cosmic Queries

Dark Matter Visualization courtesy of SDSC and NPACI Visualization Services. Published: 4 January 2014

A thirst for knowledge. A need for understanding. Or just a desire to have complicated concepts explained to us by someone who is able to make the complexities of our universe a little easier to comprehend. Welcome to Cosmic Queries, the StarTalk Radio episodes built by you, for you, wherein your own personal astrophysicist, Neil […]

Space Shuttle + Aircraft Carrier + Astronomers = ?

Guests inside the Intrepid Sea, AIr and Space Museum's Space Shuttle Pavilion with the Enterprise orbiter. Published: 1 January 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.  What do you get when you mix the Enterprise orbiter, the flight deck of the USS Intrepid, a Space Shuttle Pavilion full of astronomy […]

What Were the Top 10 “Most Listened To” StarTalk Radio Episodes of 2013?

Photo Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Published: 18 December 2013

The snow is on the ground. The chill is in the air. The Geminids have come and gone and the calendar is winding down. And that means it’s time for the Top 10 “Most Listened To” Episodes of 2013. The results are actually a little surprising, because 6 of our Top 10 most listened to […]

Expect the Unexpected: The Season 4 Time Capsule (Part 1)

Photo Credit: Daniel Johnson Published: 14 December 2013

If there was a unifying theme to the episodes you chose for our Season 4 Time Capsule, it may be this: Expect the unexpected. Not from the comedians. Everyone expects Sarah Silverman to come up with classic lines like “No Jews on Mars.” But who could have predicted that, with both Eugene Mirman and John […]

Saving the best for last? Watch the Geminids this Friday night!

Composite image of the Geminids from 2004 by Fred Bruenjes, courtesy of Sky & Telescope. Published: 11 December 2013

Could the last major meteor shower of 2013, the Geminids, be the best? We’ll find out Friday night! The Geminids peak on the night of Dec 13 thru the morning of December 14th. There is reason to hope, in spite of the possibility of clouds and the presence of a waxing gibbous moon, three days […]

This Sunday, Science Fiction Meets Science Fact. Guess What Wins?

Image from Star Wars as Millenium Falcon jumps to light speed Published: 7 December 2013

A while back, when we asked you for questions about the science in science fiction for this week’s Cosmic Queries, you came up with far more questions than we could possibly answer. And some of them were really excellent, thought provoking ones. For instance, if we could travel through time, would we be able to […]

New Frontiers for StarTalk Radio: Tumblr and Instagram

Photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Brian Greene demonstrating the physics of Gravity, the movie onstage at StarTalk Live Published: 5 December 2013

Today’s guest blog post is by Sarah Cotten, StarTalk Radio’s newest volunteer. She’s now managing our Pinterest channel, and has started a StarTalk Radio Tumblr and StarTalk Radio Instagram, too. They’re all works in progress, but if you’re so inclined, please check them out. And now, without further ado, meet Sarah: You know what I […]

For Thanksgiving, catch up on this classic, yet tasty episode: A Seat at the Table with Anthony Bourdain (Part 1)

Photo Credit: Leslie Mullen Published: 23 November 2013

This Sunday, for Thanksgiving, we’re revisiting a classic episode of StarTalk Radio that’s all about food, and might feel a little like some of your holiday meals. That’s because your host, Neil deGrasse Tyson, has invited two very different kinds of foodie to the feast: celebrity chef, author, world traveler and host of Parts Unknown, Anthony […]

Our Fans Have Spoken: Results of the Season 4 StarTalk Radio Fan Favorite Poll

Photo Credit: NASA Published: 20 November 2013

Thank you for all of your responses to our Season 4 StarTalk Radio Fan Favorite Poll. It’s no surprise that StarTalk Live episodes were among our most popular episodes, or that astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Mike Massimino were your favorite guests. (That’s two years in a row that Mike has been your second favorite guest.) […]

What To Do Instead Of Not Watching The Leonids This Weekend

Photo of The 2001 Leonid Meteor Shower, by Yukio Sanuki, courtesy of NASA Published: 13 November 2013

Curse you, Full Moon! First, you make it virtually impossible to see the Orionids last month, even though for once we had clear skies. And now, this weekend, you plan to fill our skies with reflected light (it’s not even your own light, for Sol’s sake!) and obscure all but the brightest of the Leonid […]

Spoiler Alert! This Sunday, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Mike Massimino Discuss Gravity

Neil deGrasse Tyson and astronaut Mike Massimino discuss the movie, Gravity Published: 10 November 2013

When we recorded Cosmic Queries: Gravity, the Movie a few weeks ago, comic co-host Chuck Nice wasn’t the only person who hadn’t seen the movie. But there was no way Neil and our guest, 2-time Space Shuttle astronaut Mike Massimino, could answer your questions without spilling the beans on some of what happened in the […]

Where Were You When You Fell In Love With Space?

Image from Dark Universe at the Hayden Planetarium Published: 6 November 2013

  Where were you when you fell in love with space? Not merely looked up, but felt your heart swell with the majesty of the cosmos? For some, it was lying on a plush green carpet of grass looking up at a star-filled sky on a warm summer night. For others, it was walking along […]

This Sunday, Neil deGrasse Tyson Answers Your Questions about UFOs

Promotional poster for the 1950 film “The Flying Saucer.” Credit: Colonial Productions Published: 2 November 2013

I was watching Neil deGrasse Tyson on Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO last night, and he mentioned that the Pacific Ocean is the great “toilet bowl” for dumping space objects into when we de-orbit satellites. One of the other guests, Rob Reiner, gave him a quizzical look, but Neil didn’t have time to […]

Revisiting Storms of Our Century a Year After Sandy

Satellite image of Superstorm Sandy Making Landfall, NASA Published: 30 October 2013

  One year ago this morning, here in the Northeast we woke up to the devastation that Sandy left in its wake. Most of the StarTalk team live in and around NYC, in lower Manhattan, out on Long Island, or here in NJ where I live. We woke up without power, without water, without heat, […]

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Dan Aykroyd Hanging Out Telling Ghost Stories

Photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Dan Aykroyd Telling Ghost Stories by Laura Berland Published: 26 October 2013

Ahh, October. The leaves are turning. The skies are crisp and clear. Time to gather round a crackling campfire, roasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories. Of course, if you can’t get out this Sunday night, I have an alternative: join us and listen in as everyone’s own personal astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and the original […]

Meet Neil deGrasse Tyson Backstage at StarTalk Live Nov. 4th

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Kate Norley and her husband John Oliver backstage at Town Hall, 2-27-13. Image Credit: Jeffrey Simons Published: 23 October 2013

At past StarTalk Live shows, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman have been joined on the stage by an illustrious cast of moonwalkers, physicists, musicians, actors and comedians. But now you have a chance to make StarTalk Live history and be the first StarTalk Radio fan to ask Neil a question from the audience and […]

Deconstruct the Science of Comedy with Dan Aykroyd this Sunday on StarTalk Radio

Photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson, Donna Dixon and Dan Aykroyd taken by Laura Berland Published: 19 October 2013

Dan Aykroyd has been in some of the funniest movies of all time. The Blues Brothers, Trading Places, and Ghostbusters are all the kind of movie that if you’re channel surfing and you bang into them, you just have to stop. (You’re not alone. As we find out in this episode of StarTalk Radio, so […]

Unraveling the Dark Mysteries of the Universe this Sunday

Black Hole X-ray data from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) Published: 12 October 2013

Well, okay, not all of them. But on this episode of Cosmic Queries, Neil deGrasse Tyson, your own personal astrophysicist, does a great job of dishing out scientific facts you can use to amaze your friends, unless of course they listen to StarTalk Radio, too. You’ll discover what’s smaller than the smallest thing we’ve ever […]

Inside the First Launch of Cygnus to the International Space Station

Photo of Liftoff of Antares carrying Cygnus taken by Elliot Severn Published: 8 October 2013

Today’s guest post is again by Elliot Severn, one of StarTalk Radio’s volunteer photographers. You’ve seen his photos of StarTalk Live: The Particle Party and other events. Here, Elliot describes his latest trip to the Wallops Island Launch Facility, this time to watch the Antares launch of the Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft to the International […]

If You Think You Know Joe Rogan, You’re In For A Surprise This Sunday

Photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson interviewing Joe Rogan taken by Jamie Vernon © 2013 Published: 5 October 2013

I think the last time I noticed Joe Rogan was the last time I watched News Radio, way back in the 20th Century. He played Joe, the conspiracy theory-spouting electrician and handyman. He was hilarious, which isn’t always the case when a stand-up comedian does TV. I vaguely remember his Joe-Jitsu bit, which was his […]

Happy 55th Birthday, NASA – Surprise!

Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center Published: 1 October 2013

We’re not going to get political here. But we did want to recognize NASA’s birthday 55 years ago, on October 1, 1958. And for those of you concerned that the government shutdown will result in satellites falling from the sky, astronauts dying from neglect, and space telescopes spinning wildly, no longer under the control of […]

This Sunday: Neil deGrasse Tyson Discusses Human Endurance in Space

Human endurance in space, captured in this photo of an astronaut on a space walk Published: 28 September 2013

It is interesting, the morning after seeing Neil deGrasse Tyson and StarTalk Live spend the evening at The Bell House discussing Robots, to write about tomorrow night’s podcast, Cosmic Queries: Human Endurance in Space. After all, robots don’t have to worry about wearing pressurized, temperature-controlled space suits to protect them from the freezing cold, burning […]

Results: 3,209 StarTalk Radio Fans Pick Their Favorite Classic Television Sci-Fi Series

Photo of Serenity, a Firefly class ship Published: 24 September 2013

Thank you to all 3,209 of you who completed our “Favorite Classic Television Sci-Fi Series” survey. That’s pretty impressive participation, so pat yourselves on the back. (Except you Firefly fans. You’re just typical, net-savvy… Browncoats.) Now, before we get to the results, a few notes. For the purposes of this survey, we said a show […]

This Sunday: The Conclusion of “StarTalk Live at Town Hall with Buzz Aldrin (Part 2)”

Photo of Buzz Aldrin, John Oliver, Eugene Mirman, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Andrew Chaikin at StarTalk Live at Town Hall Published: 20 September 2013

This Sunday’s podcast is the conclusion to our first StarTalk Live at Town Hall, which featured with Neil deGrasse Tyson, co-host Eugene Mirman and guests Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, comedian John Oliver and space journalist Andrew Chaikin. If you’ve listened to Part 1 already, you know that this StarTalk Live is as funny as […]

Comet of the Century

Color photo of Kahoutek, The Comet of the Century, taken 1-11-74. Published: 18 September 2013

With all of the chatter about whether ISON will be a big deal or a big dud, we thought you would enjoy the perspective provided by today’s guest post from Dean Regas, co-host of the PBS program, Star Gazers, and the Outreach Astronomer at the Cincinnati Observatory, which is a member of our Cosmic Community. […]

Revisiting Our Special Episode about 9/11

Photo of The Tribute in Light for StarTalk Radio's 9-11 Special Episode Published: 11 September 2013

“…I lived three and a half blocks from what would later be known as Ground Zero. I was home that morning, and the entire series of events unfolded outside my dining room window… I don’t want to retell that now. What I’d rather try to do is measure the magnitude of the events of that […]

This Sunday, the Sun Is Where the Fun Is.

Sunspot Image, Published: 6 September 2013

  “Mama always told me not to look into the sights of the sun. But Mama, that’s where the fun is…” Bruce Springsteen, “Blinded By The Light”   Think about it. We know how our Sun formed. We understand how it works. And we even know enough to come up with a way to keep […]

This Sunday: The Science of Sex Reaches its Inevitable Conclusion

Photo Credit: David Gamble Published: 23 August 2013

Last Sunday’s episode, “The Science of Sex Part 1” was just foreplay compared to the conclusion this Sunday. Even just writing about it in the newsletter triggered spam warnings. First, in no particular order, there’s Kristen Schaal, comedian and author of, The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex, talking about the sexual escapades of bonobos, who […]

The Moment Is Right for “The Science of Sex Part 1”

Image for The Science of Sex on StarTalk Radio Published: 17 August 2013

The pursuit of science can take us to some pretty interesting places. The event horizon of a black hole. The furthest reaches of the known universe. The nucleus of an atom. But inside the pages of Fifty Shades of Grey? Yes, this week StarTalk Radio explores the science of sex, with Dr. Ruth Westheimer and […]

New Survey: What’s Your Favorite Classic Television Sci-Fi Series?

Shown: one of Neil deGrasse Tyson's favorite science fiction series, The Twilight Zone Published: 12 August 2013

Recently, Neil told us that The Twilight Zone and Star Trek The Original Series are his favorite science fiction TV series. Naturally, we started discussing what our favorites were, and that got us wondering, what are your favorite classic science fiction television series? So we put together this nifty survey to find out. We even found […]

This Sunday, the Facts Are Scarier than the Fiction

Picture of 2 researchers inspecting a bat for Ebola. Published: 10 August 2013

The Mayan Apocalypse. The Zombie Apocalypse. The end of life on Earth as a result of the reversal of the magnetic poles. The more science you know, the more facts you have at your disposal, the less likely you are to worry about imaginary perils like these. Which is why this week’s StarTalk Radio is […]

The Perseids Are Back This Weekend!

The Perseid Meteor Shower seen from the International Space Station Published: 7 August 2013

Here’s a recipe for a bit of tasty cosmic cuisine this weekend: 1. Take a bit of stellar dust and debris from comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. 2. Sprinkle into Earth’s atmosphere. 3. Lie back and watch the show. And if the weather cooperates and you’ve got clear skies – it’s looking good for the NY metro area, […]

This Sunday, Neil deGrasse Tyson Sheds a Little Light on Dark Energy and Dark Matter

Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation map by WMAP and NASA Published: 3 August 2013

If you’re the kind of person who regrets, just a little, the solving of a long-standing scientific mystery, then 2013’s confirmation of the Higgs boson may have left you a little down. But never fear, because there’s a longer-standing, universally significant mystery that’s still plaguing scientists: dark matter and dark energy, which was first theorized […]

Report from Astronomy Night at SpaceFest 2013

Cosmic Community inspiring kids at Spacefest Published: 31 July 2013

Today’s guest post comes from StarTalk Radio Social Media Coordinator Stacey Severn. Along with her organization, the Boothe Memorial Astronomical Society, Stacey and other StarTalk Radio Cosmic Community members set up telescopes for public viewing during Astronomy Night at Spacefest 2013 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in NYC on Saturday, July 27th. […]