A fan wants to know if a person floating in space has enough gravity to attract objects, as long as any competing source of gravity is far enough away? Get the answer from your own personal astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and enjoy comic co-host Leighann Lord’s “cute single person in a bar” analogy for the Cosmos.
A fan asks, “How closely is the Higgs Boson related to gravity?” Watch as Neil deGrasse Tyson explains to co-host Leighann Lord why gravity is essentially irrelevant to particle physics, and why the electromagnetic force, which is 10^40 more powerful than gravity, is much more important. (You’ll also find out why there are no giant spiders.)
A fan wants to know if there are any theoretical limits on the size of a star, but there’s no way he could have anticipated just how theoretical comic co-host Eugene Mirman would get with Bill Nye’s answer involving black holes and gravity.
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.)
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.