Ben Ratner’s photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice.
Ben Ratner’s photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice.

Cosmic Queries – Office Hours

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It’s time for office hours with your own personal astrophysicist! Join Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice as they answer fan-submitted Cosmic Queries on an array of topics from across the universe to right here on Earth. To start things off, Neil and Chuck delve into the discussion on finding life elsewhere in the universe, what happens if there’s no life to be found, and why the religious debate will be even more fervent if extraterrestrial life is discovered. You’ll learn about space dust: what it is, how it’s formed, and why it wasn’t found in the early infancy of the universe.  Discover whether time expands the same way that space does, and how we can detect it happening. You’ll also hear about Neil’s teaching past, which comes as a surprise to Chuck, and about Neil’s suggestion for a curriculum change in schools. You’ll also learn about finding reliable news sources and learn why Neil is annoyed about the early portrayal of scientists on television and in the movies. All that, plus, our Lightning Round with questions about intergalactic space war, communicating with ET, and what future technology will seem like magic to present day humans.

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