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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 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. […]

Why is StarTalk Radio exploring “The Science of Hip Hop with GZA”?

The Genius at MIT. Photo courtesy of Published: 27 July 2013

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably seen kids walking around with their pants hanging so low they look like they’re about to fall off. If you ask kids why they do it, they say because it’s the style, and it’s cool, but it’s likely they can’t tell you anything more than that. Maybe […]

Ever Dream of Going into Space? Jim Clash Has a Ticket on SpaceShipTwo

Jim Clash trains for Virgin Galactic space flight Published: 24 July 2013

  Today’s guest blog is by StarTalk Radio’s Social Media Coordinator, Stacey David Severn, who recently interviewed Jim Clash of The Explorers Club about his upcoming space flight aboard SpaceShipTwo. Most everyone has dreamed of going to space at least once, wondering what it would be like to blast through Earth’s atmosphere, weightlessly peering at […]

This Sunday: There’s More to Hip Hop (and GZA) than Meets the Eye

Photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson and GZA taken by David Gamble Published: 20 July 2013

This Sunday’s episode is Part 1 of The Science of Hip Hop with GZA. Whether or not you’re a fan of the rapper GZA, from the Wu-Tang Clan, I recommend listening to this episode for two reasons. And the first has nothing to do with GZA. For this show, Neil deGrasse Tyson not only had […]

Cosmic Community Member Events in New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Colorado

Logo for StarTalk Radio Cosmic Community promoting STEM education Published: 16 July 2013

In this post, we’re not monkeying around! We’ve got new events from members of the StarTalk Radio Cosmic Community, including our first event from a scientific but non-astronomical member, the Duke Lemur Center. (And before you comment, I know that a Lemur’s not a monkey. Hence, we’re not monkeying around. We’re lemuring. Okay. I’ll stop […]

This Sunday: Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Comes Down to Earth!

Photo of Earth as seen from the Moon. Credit: JAXA/NHK Published: 13 July 2013

With last night’s Manhattanhenge a rainout, I consoled myself with tomorrow night’s Cosmic Queries episode, all about Planet Earth. Once again, I learned something by listening to Neil deGrasse Tyson answer your questions, although Neil reminded us more than once that he was answering these questions as an astrophysicist, not a geologist. There were plenty […]

Manhattanhenge Is Tomorrow – But You Can Watch Neil deGrasse Tyson Explain It Right Now!

Manhattanhenge, a photo by Neil deGrasse Tyson Published: 11 July 2013

Tomorrow is Manhattanhenge again! For those of you who don’t know, that’s when the setting Sun lines up perfectly with the street grid in Manhattan. The American Museum of Natural History just posted a great video of Neil deGrasse Tyson explaining how he came up with the term Manhattanhenge, so rather than me writing about […]

Tomorrow Night: Storms of Our Century Part 2 Heats Up with Climate Change

Talking about the weather at StarTalk Live: Michael Showalter, Eugene Mirman, Questlove, Dr. Adam Sobel, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. Photo Credit: © Elliot Severn. Published: 6 July 2013

Part 1 of “Storms of Our Century” was all about storms and the weather. But the Bell House really heats up in Part 2 as StarTalk Live moves on to climate change. From Questlove’s very first question, “Why do political revisionists deny climate change?” to Neil’s closing statement that demonizing energy is the wrong attitude, […]

Upcoming Events from Cosmic Community Members in Colorado, New York and Atlanta

Logo for StarTalk Radio Cosmic Community promoting STEM education Published: 2 July 2013

It’s time for more upcoming events from members of the StarTalk Radio Cosmic Community. In this post, we’ve got news from the Southern Colorado Astronomical Society in Pueblo, CO, the Challenger Learning Center in Ramapo, NY, and news about ALCON 2013 from the Astronomical League. (Please check individual organization websites for specific details.)   The […]

This Sunday’s Forecast – Stormy Weather at StarTalk Live

Backstage photo of StarTalk Live Storms of Our Century Published: 29 June 2013

In an act of serendipity that could make The Weather Channel green with envy, StarTalk Live visited the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY on February 7th, 2013 – the night before Winter Storm Nemo hit the northeast. The evening’s subject: Storms of Our Century. Although, after listening to Dr. Adam Sobel tell Neil deGrasse Tyson […]

A New American Rocket and Cell Phones in Orbit

Photo of Antares rocket lift off 4-21-13 Published: 25 June 2013

Today’s guest post is 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 trip down to the Wallops Island Launch Facility to watch a test flight of the Antares, one of the new breed of commercial rockets flown […]

This Sunday, There Are No Bad Questions… Only Better Answers!

Artist image showing formation of solar system Published: 22 June 2013

We get questions from our fans all the time. Sometimes we ask for questions on a specific topic for a specific episode of Cosmic Queries. But most of the questions we get from you are sent in unsolicited via email, or on Facebook, or wherever you are when the desire to know something about our […]

Preview this Sunday’s Show – Cosmic Queries: Answers at the Speed of Light

Photo of multiple lighting strikes as might ocurr on a lightning farm Published: 15 June 2013

One of the most enjoyable parts of watching the recording of an episode of Cosmic Queries on StarTalk Radio is watching astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson answer questions on the fly. He really hasn’t ever seen the question before the comic co-host asks it. The comic co-host is scanning through page after page of questions that […]

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s Super-Moon!

Comparison of March 29 2011 supermoon with average moon on left Published: 12 June 2013

Got ya, didn’t I? You thought, with Man of Steel opening this Friday, that I was going to write about the latest spectacular object to streak across our sky. Well, I am, sort of, but only if I continue to torture this dying horse. (After all, the Moon hardly “streaks.”) But if you look up […]

This Sunday: What can we actually learn from thinking about a Zombie Apocalypse?

CDC posters use Zombie Apocalypse for disaster preparedness Published: 8 June 2013

What can we actually learn from thinking about a Zombie Apocalypse? It turns out, more than you might think. Because at first glimpse, it seems ludicrous that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would create the posters shown above. And it seems even more ridiculous that the US Naval War College would invite Max […]

Watch Johnny Carson as Carl Sagan and these other Cosmic Quips and Clips

Scene from The Tonight Show, with Johnny Carson as Carl Sagan Published: 5 June 2013

Want a laugh? Good, because it’s time for some new Cosmic Quips and Clips from our comedy contributor, @DanJPerlman. For those of you who don’t know, the videos in our Cosmic Quips and Clips playlist are our favorite videos we’ve discovered on YouTube where comedy collides with science and pop culture. We’ll start with a […]

This Sunday the Zombie Apocalypse Is Upon Us.

A scene from the first zombie apocalypse, Night of the Living Dead 1968 Published: 1 June 2013

Times have changed in the zombieverse, especially when it comes to pondering the causes of a zombie apocalypse. These days, nobody buys the George Romero, radiation-from-a-satellite-causes-the-dead-to-rise type of zombie apocalypse. And zombies created as a result of a voodoo curse seem so old-fashioned, even quaint. But a 28-Days-Later-Walking-Dead-zombie-virus/pathogen type of apocalypse? Somehow, that seems a […]

Upcoming Events from Cosmic Community Members in New York and Cincinnati

Logo for StarTalk Radio Cosmic Community promoting STEM education Published: 29 May 2013

As some of you may have noticed, we’re in the early stages of building the StarTalk Radio Cosmic Community of academic and scientific organizations, programming groups, schools and astronomy clubs that will promote excitement and interest in STEM education. One way we’ll be helping our community members is spreading the word about the exciting events […]

This Sunday’s Classic Podcast: The Physics of Superheroes

Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses Superman, shown here in this summer's Man of Steel. Published: 25 May 2013

It’s shaping up to be an awesome summer for superhero fans. The season kicked off with a blockbuster Iron Man 3… much better than the average third installment of most super hero sagas. And we’ve still got the Superman reboot, Man of Steel, which looks incredible, the next movie in the X-Men franchise, The Wolverine, […]

A good week for looking up… if the weather cooperates!

Mercury, Venus, Jupiter 45 minutes past sunset May 24th. Published: 22 May 2013

The tightest alignment of Mercury, Venus and Jupiter that we can see with our own eyes until 2026! The return of Manhattanhenge! This weekend and next week could be an excellent time for looking up… if the weather cooperates. Mercury, Venus and Jupiter When it comes to the planetary alignment, Sky & Telescope magazine  has […]

In This Sunday’s Podcast, The Space Program Grows Up

Astronauts at work on the International Space Station. Published: 18 May 2013

One of my earliest memories is sitting on my mother’s lap and watching the launch of the last Mercury flight, Gordon Cooper in Faith 7. I was so young that it’s just a sliver of a memory, but I think it was at that moment that I, like most boys of my generation, decided to […]

Chris Hadfield Sings the Most Poignant David Bowie Cover Version Ever

Commander Chris Hadfield singing David Bowie's "Space Oddity" aboard the International Space Station Published: 15 May 2013

How do you celebrate the end of an era? With a song, of course. In this case, the era ending was Commander Chris Hadfield’s two expeditions on the International Space Station, first as a crew member of Expedition 34, and then as Commander of the ISS for Expedition 35. The song, of course, was Hadfield’s […]

This Week, Find Out What You Didn’t Really Know About The Space Program

The Bumper V-2 was the first missile launched at Cape Canaveral on July 24, 1950. Image Credit: NASA Published: 11 May 2013

By the time NASA cancelled the Apollo program, most of America had stopped caring anyway. So it’s easy to assume that the reason they stopped was public indifference and a lack of support for funding. But what if that wasn’t the reason? When the Soviet Union launched Sputnik into orbit, ushering in the “Space Race,” […]

On the ground with the Boothe Memorial Astronomical Society, a member of our nascent Cosmic Community

Boothe Memorial Astronomical Society Group in Stratford, CT Published: 7 May 2013

As many of you know, our Social Media Coordinator, Stacey David Severn, is an amateur astronomer. She’s also spearheading our StarTalk Radio Cosmic Community outreach to academic and scientific organizations, programming groups, schools and astronomy clubs that will help promote excitement and interest in STEM education. Here’s her guest blog post about local astronomy clubs […]

Preview this Sunday’s Episode: Cosmic Queries: Asteroids, Comets and Meteor Storms

Dead star, or "white dwarf," surrounded by the bits and pieces of a disintegrating asteroid Published: 4 May 2013

Back on February 15th, we put up a blog post called “Asteroids, Meteors, Meteorites…What’s the Difference?” in response to the sometimes confusing media coverage a few days earlier of the twin events of a meteor exploding over Russia on the same day that asteroid 2012 DA14 flew past Earth. A few of you read that […]

StarTalk Radio Listener Survey: Tell Us Who You Are!

StarTalk Radio Listener Survey Published: 30 April 2013

Did you get a haircut? Grow a beard? I know what it is: you got new glasses. No, that’s not it. There’s something different about you, though. I know there is. The fact is, our audience has grown so much in the last few months, we don’t know who most of you are. Some of […]

This Sunday – The Future Is Getting Closer with “Eureka! Asteroid MIning”

Simulation of Planetary Planetary Resources capturing an asteroid in preparation for mining operations. © Copyright 2013 Planetary Resources. Published: 27 April 2013

I never got to listen to Andrew Carnegie or John D. Rockefeller describing their visions for the future of America. They were way before my time. But it’s hard not to get excited listening to Peter Diamandis explain exactly how Planetary Resources is going to find and mine near-earth approaching asteroids. His vision for a […]

What I Took Away from the Northeast Astronomy Forum

Photo of the Moon taken by StarTalk Radio fanCarlucho Paris Published: 23 April 2013

This weekend I was at the Northeast Astronomy Forum, along with our Social Media Coordinator Stacey Severn and another StarTalk Volunteer, Susan Ranis. This was my first NEAF, so I didn’t know what to expect. But many of the attendees who’d been there before, some of them year after year for many years, remarked that […]

This Sunday’s Classic Episode: Revolving Around the Sun

Sunspots on the Sun, taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Published: 20 April 2013

This Sunday, we’re revisiting a classic episode of StarTalk Radio, Revolving Around the Sun. And if you’ve never heard it before, you’re in for an illuminating episode about our favorite ball of plasma, Sol. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice are joined in their solar sojourn by Steve Keil, director of the […]

Reporting on The Explorers Club Interview with Mercury Astronaut John Glenn

First American to Orbit the Earth: John Glenn at The Explorers Club, 3/16/13. Photo Credit: © 2013 Stacey David Severn. All Rights Reserved. Published: 16 April 2013

  The following blog post is written by StarTalk Radio’s Social Media Coordinator, Stacey David Severn. I was recently lucky enough to attend The Explorers Club Annual Dinner weekend in New York City, which proved to be one surprise after another. Through the club’s “Exploring Legends” interview series, we were treated to an intimate first-hand […]