Ready for even more of your Cosmic Queries about space and science with guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy and comic co-host Chuck Nice? Find out what Bill thinks we should explore next with the Large Hadron Collider and whether plant life on exoplanets orbiting weaker red dwarf stars might use photosynthesis. Discover the best ways to change the trajectory of an Earth-bound asteroid and which comets have came closest to Earth without hitting us. You’ll learn about microwave clock circuits, global positioning satellites, the impact of technology on human evolution, the interaction of gravity in multi-planet systems and how to figure out the gravitational attraction between a man and a woman — although Chuck offers his own way to solve that problem. Plus, get Bill’s take on dealing with the anti-vaccine crowd and climate change deniers.
Bill Nye and Astro Mike on Space Radiation and Electromagnetic Shields
Is there any reason why a magnetic field couldn’t be used on a spacecraft to protect astronauts from radiation? In this Cosmic Queries “Behind the Scenes” video, guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy and Astro Mike Massimino discuss the enormous amount of energy required to generate a magnetic field of that much power with comic co-host Eugene Mirman. They also review other, more practical methods of shielding spacecraft from radiation.
When a fan asks if a fish could swim in a water bubble floating in zero-g in the ISS, guest astronaut Mike Massimino says, “Yes, we’ve done it with Swedish Fish.” After comic co-host Eugene Mirman points out that candy fish don’t count, guest host Bill Nye and Astro Mike discuss the interaction of water, surface tension, animals and air bubbles in zero-g.
Bill Nye and Astro Mike on Exploring Space with Cubesats
A fan wants to know what Cubesats are and how they work — and so does comic co-host Eugene Mirman. Luckily for them, and us, guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy and NASA astronaut Mike Massimino are both big fans of the little satellites and have the facts at their fingertips. Enjoy this Cosmic Query “Behind the Scenes” video.
Bill Nye on Humanity’s Biggest Engineering Challenge
When a fan asks what is the most revolutionary engineering challenge humanity will face in the coming decades, former engineer Bill Nye the Science Guy doesn’t hesitate to tell co-host Eugene Mirman that it’s climate change. But NASA astronaut Mike Massimino suggests a few other issues that engineers will need to solve as well.
A fan wants an explanation of magnets and magnetism, but little did he know his Cosmic Query would be answered by none other than Bill Nye the Science Guy. Bill was our guest host for this episode, along with guest NASA astronaut Mike Massimino and comic co-host Eugene Mirman. Find out how Earth’s magnetic field arises and helps protect our atmosphere, and why Mars’ lack of magnetic field contributed to its loss of atmosphere. You’ll hear about MAVEN, Michael Faraday, Eugene’s plan to terraform other planets and… Insane Clown Posse?
In this Cosmic Query, a fan asks about the worst-case scenario for misuse of a warp drive. Sure enough, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson comes up with one involving backwards time travel that creates a timeline-destroying paradox. Then it gets really weird, when Neil and co-host Eugene Mirman talk about altering history, killing grandparents, sex and jumping out of closets. Watch for yourself.
A fan wants to know what was the most scientifically accurate destruction of a planet on the big screen. To answer this Cosmic Query, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Eugene Mirman compare three of the most spectacular cinematic obliterations: the destruction of Alderaan by the Death Star in “Star Wars IV — A New Hope,” the destruction of Vulcan by a planet-eating black hole created from “red matter” in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” reboot, and the destruction of Krypton due to over-mining from the Superman reboot, “Man of Steel.” And the winner is…
A fan asks if an alien species could exist as pure energy, and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explores a potential drawback to energy-based life forms. Comic co-host Eugene Mirman just wants to know if you could eat them. Enjoy this StarTalk Radio “Behind the Scenes” Cosmic Queries video.
Neil deGrasse Tyson on Calculating the Distance of a Quasar
If a quasar is billions of light years away, how can we calculate that distance when the light takes billions of years to reach us? Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why we can see events that took place before Earth even existed in this StarTalk Radio “Behind the Scenes” Cosmic Queries video with comic co-host Eugene Mirman.
Neil deGrasse Tyson: There Is No Center of the Universe
If the universe is expanding, can we use the direction of the expansion to determine the center of the universe, i.e., where the Big Bang happened? In a word, “No.” Find out why when astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Eugene Mirman answer a fan’s Cosmic Query in this StarTalk Radio “Behind the Scenes” video.
Neil deGrasse Tyson & Brian Greene Reenact a Scene from “Gravity” at StarTalk Live
What would really have happened in the Oscar winning movie “Gravity” when George Clooney cut himself loose from Sandra Bullok? Find out in this re-enactment starring astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as Sandra Bullock, physicist Brian Greene as George Clooney, and Eugene Mirman as “The Space Station.” Co-starring Michael Ian Black as “the man with the theory” and NASA astronaut Mike Massimino as “the only guy on stage who has actually been into space.” (This recently unearthed video was shot at StarTalk Live at Town Hall in NYC on Nov 4th, 2013 by Stacey Severn.)
Neil deGrasse Tyson Answers: Will Universal Expansion Exceed Light Speed?
Is the expansion of space accelerating? If so, could it someday exceed the speed of light? What would happen then? Find out when astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Eugene Mirman answer a fan’s Cosmic Query in this StarTalk Radio “Behind the Scenes” video.
Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmic Smackdown - Pluto vs Kepler 37b
Why is Kepler-37b an exoplanet while Pluto has been demoted to a dwarf planet? It turns out size isn’t everything, as astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explains to co-host Eugene Mirman when he answers a fan’s Cosmic Query in this StarTalk Radio “Behind the Scenes” video.
Neil deGrasse Tyson Ponders Life on a Planet with 3 Suns
What would life be like on a planet in a triple star system? Would there be a stable climate, or even a stable orbit? And what about sunsets? Find out when astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Eugene Mirman answer a fan’s Cosmic Query in this StarTalk Radio “Behind the Scenes” video.