November 26, 2018 8:37 pm

Tuesday, We Explore Everything About Dark Matter

On this week’s episode of StarTalk All-Stars, we explore the darkness. Not the bad, evil darkness – the good, mysterious darkness! Specifically, dark matter! Primatologist and host Natalia Reagan sits down with comic co-host Andrea Jones-Rooy and astrophysicist Katie Mack to answer fan-submitted Cosmic Queries about all things dark matter.

Dark Matter Visualization. Credit: SDSC and NPACI Visualization Services.

Dark Matter Visualization. Image Credit: SDSC and NPACI Visualization Services.

What is dark matter? It is very influential to our universe and the way the universe functions; however, we still don’t really know what it is. Katie tells us what she knows about dark matter as an “object” and what we know about how it impacts other celestial objects.

Before we get to the dark matter discussion, you’ll hear some background on Katie’s time on social media and how she thwarts trolls with science. If you haven’t checked out Katie on twitter, you can find her page right here.

Then, it’s dark matter time. You’ll find out if dark matter could be gravity bleeding through dimensions from another universe. Katie tells us why she thinks dark matter should be called “invisible matter.” Did you know that dark matter passes through your body? Katie tells us all the different forces of science that pass through us somewhat undetected.

Find out the difference between dark matter and dark energy. We ponder the idea that dark matter is just tiny little black holes existing around our universe. You’ll hear when the term dark matter first came into light and when it worked its way into the cultural zeitgeist. You’ll also learn how we measure dark matter. Katie shares the similarities dark matter has with The Force from Star Wars. We also explore the technicalities of the “big bang.” All that, plus, you’ll hear about axion detectors, the over-accreditation` of dark matter to science anomalies, and advancements in technologies to detect dark matter.

Please join us tomorrow night for Dark Matter, with Natalia Reagan and Astro Katie at 7pm ET right here on our website, as well as on our All-Stars channels on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and TuneIn. And if you’re an All-Access subscriber, you can watch or listen to this episode ad-free at 7pm, too.

That’s it for now. Keep Looking Up!
–Ian Mullen