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.”
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.)
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.
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.
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.
How accurate was the depiction of death in space in the movie, “Gravity”? Does NASA have protocols if an astronaut dies in space? Is it a case of “no body left behind” or do they launch the body into space like Spock in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”? The answers might surprise you in this morbid, but informative Cosmic Query featuring guest host NASA astronaut Astro Mike Massimino and co-host Chuck Nice.
If there were a medical emergency on the International Space Station, is there a doctor aboard? (Or a veterinarian?) And if it were really bad, how quickly could the injured astronaut get back to Earth aboard a Soyuz “life boat?” Would you believe us if we said 2 hours or less? How about if NASA astronaut and veteran of 2 space shuttle flights Mike Massimino said it? Join guest host Astro Mike and comic co-host Chuck Nice as they answer a fan’s Cosmic Query in this exclusive YouTube video.
Did George Clooney’s character in Gravity really have sacrifice himself to save Sandra Bullock? Not according to guest host and 2-time Space Shuttle astronaut “Astro Mike” Massimino, who tells co-host Chuck Nice what he would have done differently, and why. In addition to discussing the “two-body problem” of tethered astronauts in space, Mike explains how an experienced astronaut would “go down swinging” rather than just giving up — no matter what Hollywood thinks.