StarTalk Live! Exploring Our Funky Solar System

Post Date: 24 February 2013

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Season 4, Episode 2

Photo Credit: © 2012 Stacey David Severn. All Rights Reserved

Photo Credit: © 2012 Stacey David Severn. All Rights Reserved

Dunes of organic matter. Sulfuric acid skies. Rivers of methane. Ice volcanoes. And the possibility of life on exoplanets far, far away. Join Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and guest astrobiologist Dr. FunkySpoon as we explore our surprising, funky Solar System, from Mercury to Pluto and what lies between: Venus, Mars, Vesta, Ceres, Jupiter, Europa, Saturn, Titan and Enceladus. Meet the unmanned probes taking humanity to the stars: Messenger, Venus Express, Dawn, Juno, Cassini and New Horizons. And just for laughs, Part 2 of StarTalk Live recorded at the Bell House on 9/14/12 features comic co-host Eugene Mirman, Sarah Silverman and Jim Gaffigan filling you in on secret Google satellites, space lobsters, and the new reality TV shows Ice Moon Truckers and Deadliest Catch: Europa.

Eugene Mirman, comedian

Dr. David Grinspoon, aka Dr. FunkySpoon, Curator of Astrobiology at The Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Sarah Silverman
Jim Gaffigan

“Mission to Mars” – PRo
“Song For You Far Away” – James Taylor
“Brighter Than the Sun” – Colbie Caillat
“Stars and Planets” – Liz Phair
“Explode” – Nelly Furtado
“Break the Ice” – Britney Spears
“I’m Your Moon” – Jonathan Coulton
“New Horizons” – Flyleaf
“Far Away” – Tyga, featuring Chris Richardson

  • Eugene Mirman jr.

    Why wasn’t Neptune discussed? It’s my favorite planet :(

  • D Hughes

    So excited to listen to this!

  • Bryan Meadows

    I was requesting a show topic! How about one about the elements and how they combine and make stuff that make us and the while galaxy. I’ve been goning over this topic with my daughter (11yo) and so is so interested in chemistry.

    Live long and Prosper,
    Bryan Meadows

  • M

    more eugene mirman please

  • M Busby

    This was amazing. Will be sending as many people as possible to this site and this podcast.

    • Jeff

      Glad you liked it, M. And thanks in advance for spreading the word.

  • Chris Butterworth

    Sarah Silverman shouldn’t be ashamed that she was in that two-parter Star Trek: Voyager episode. Sure, Voyager was the second worst Star Trek series but that was one of the better episodes. Which isn’t saying much but, hey, it’s Star Trek and she’s on stage in front of a bunch of nerds like me. No one present is going to do anything but love her for it.

    • Jeff

      Chris, if Voyager was the second worst, which was the worst Star Trek series, in your opinion?

      • Boy Elvis

        Chris never answered that, but I’m sure he meant Enterprise.

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