Holiday Lights

Post Date: 20 December 2010

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Season 2, Episode 3

(Credit and Copyright: T. Credner)

To kids from one to ninety-two, the happenings of the holidays give us plenty of reasons to keep looking up. Neil talks about winter sky constellations, Santa’s sleigh ride, and the astronomy behind the Star of Bethlehem with comedian co-hosts Chuck Nice and Leighann Lord. The stars are brightly shining as Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, Vatican astronomer Brother Guy Consolmagno, and Bill Nye the Science Guy drop in on the festivities. Tis the season for some spectacular science.

Leighann Lord, Comedian
Chuck Nice, Comedian

Seth MacFarlane, Comedian
Brother Guy Consolmagno, Curator of meteorites at the Vatican Observatory
Bill Nye, Scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor

  • Bogdan

    Thank you for existing!

    • Jeff

      Bogdan, you’re welcome, but really, what other option is there? Here’s one of Neil’s tweets for you to ponder: “A Simple Truth: If we are all here, then we must not be all there.”

  • Jim

    I’ve been making my way backwards through these podcasts over the last two months and I think they are the greatest thing. They are seriously the best hour (sometimes 2 hours) of my 9 hour work day. Thank you Star Talk webmaster and thank you Neil deGrasse Tyson

    • Jeff

      You’re most welcome, Jim.

  • Eugene

    This may sound like a stupid question,but will we be able to ‘talk’ to Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 in the future?

  • Steve Cochran II

    Thanks for the inspiration sir. I wrote my step-daughter a kids chapter book called Robot Santa for a Christmas present this year. She loves robots and Santa, and it just hit me one day. That’s how Santa gets everywhere in one night; besides the obvious fact he slows down time. Na, doy. But it was your show that made me realize the Santa in my story had set up shop in the south pole. I also didn’t know about NORAD’s yearly winter activities and they make an appearance as well. Thank you sir.

  • wurmsrus

    you know I was surprised at first when I saw seth macfarlane as a exec producer on cosmos but after listening to this it makes more sense