Artist’s rendering, courtesy of NASA, showing the Kepler-35 binary star system. Image credit: © Mark A. Garlick / space-art.co.uk
Artist’s rendering, courtesy of NASA, showing the Kepler-35 binary star system. Image credit: © Mark A. Garlick / space-art.co.uk

Cosmic Queries Astrophysics Mashup

Illustration of the Kepler-35 binary star system. Image credit: © Mark A. Garlick / space-art.co.uk.

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The universe and all its wonder awaits you – join Neil deGrasse Tyson and a rotating team of comic co-hosts as they take you on a journey through the most wondrous and wild parts of the universe on this astrophysics mashup. To start, Neil and Leighann Lord explore the “dancing” of double stars, the dark matter in your bedroom, sending probes into black holes, and the Hubble constant. Following that, Neil and Chuck Nice break down tidal friction, alien plant life, and the “speed limit” of the universe. Next, Neil and Iliza Shlesinger investigate antimatter, the bleeding edge of astrophysics research, complete stillness, and whether Earth is gaining mass from impacting space rocks. After that, Neil and Godfrey ponder what a civilization on Alpha Centuri would see if they were watching Earth. Lastly, Neil and Chuck wrap up the show with talk about setting up permanent colonies throughout the solar system, the sun’s gravity, finding the chemical identity of celestial objects, and more.

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  • Naneux PeeBrane

    Can a black hole be considered a sort of “Strange Attractor” out in space? Or does a black hole resemble a strange attractor?

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  • Shawn Strom

    Could you talk about the Electric Universe Theory

  • Ryan Johnson

    Will the moon ever stop flying away from Earth? Or will it come back toward us someday? Or is it going to speed up and fly out faster over time?

    • AK_User

      The moon will continue to move away from Earth at a rate of approximately an inch (2.5 centimeters) per year. However, the moon will not escape Earth’s gravity during the sun’s life-time.

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