September 6, 2013 8:05 pm

This Sunday, the Sun Is Where the Fun Is.


Sunspot Image, Credit: BBSO/Ciel et Espace Photos

Sunspot image taken by the Big Bear Solar Observatory in California, July 2, 2010. Credit: BBSO/Ciel et Espace Photos

“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 it from expanding, burning out and dying.

At least, Neil deGrasse Tyson and other astrophysicists do. If you’re like me, though, you’ve got a lot of questions about our Sun and other stars.

And in this week’s episode, Neil and comic co-host Chuck Nice are going to answer some of those questions. Questions like how star systems with more than one star, like Alpha Centauri, can exist without tearing themselves and their planets apart. Or how neutron stars form. Or what electron degeneracy pressure is. Or what a philosopher like Immanuel Kant and his Nebular Hypothesis has to do with astrophysics.

To find out the answer to these and other questions, listen to Cosmic Queries: The Sun and Other Stars, this Sunday at 7:00pm ET on our website, and on iTunes, SoundCloud and Stitcher by 7:30pm ET.

Join us in taking a long, hard look at our Sun. After all, as the Boss says, it’s where the fun is.

That’s it for now. Keep Looking Up!

–Jeffrey Simons

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