Fri Apr 10 – Art Bell and Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Please enjoy this replay of Art’s first interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson, famous astrophysicist.       haydenplanetarium.org/tyson/ channel.nationalgeographic.com/startalk/ Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History, host of the hit radio and Emmy-nominated TV show Star Talk, and the New York Times best-selling author of Astrophysics for People in a […]

Astronomers Struggle to Explain Mysterious ‘Ghost’ Galaxy

The search for dark matter is one of the strangest enduring scientific mysteries. Astronomers and astrophysicists believe that up to 95% of the universe could be composed of so-called dark matter and energy, “dark” meaning these forms of matter do not reflect light, x-rays, or any other radiation like all other the other stuff in […]

Here’s Why the Government Should Fund “Gee-Whiz” Science

As a scientist, sometimes people ask me: Why should the government fund astronomy? Why should the government drive cars on Mars, image exploding stars or fly a satellite into the sun’s atmosphere? This is my standard answer: Because discovering how water forms on Mars or how stars produce heavy elements leads to new technology. And […]

Looking for Planet Nine, Astronomers Gaze into the Abyss

It’s been just over two years since Caltech astronomers Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin made an explosive claim: Based on the orbital motion of objects in the Kuiper Belt—a region beyond Neptune that is home to Pluto and other icy bodies—there must be a very big something much farther out, hidden save for its subtle […]

Astronomer Announces He Has Discovered … Mars…. Wait, What?

Astronomer Peter Dunsby just made a groundbreaking discovery, after noticing a very bright “star” pop up in his field of view at an observatory at the University of Cape Town that was not present two weeks prior. Too bad Dunsby was perhaps thousands of years late … the bright object was the planet Mars. Though […]

Planets Line Up! See Jupiter, Mars, Saturn Together (Mercury and Venus, Too)

Skywatchers in the Northern Hemisphere can get an eyeful of planets over the next few days, both before dawn and after sunset (provided the clouds of Winter Storm Quinn don’t ruin the view). Jupiter, Mars and Saturn will line up in the southeastern portion of the early-morning sky through Saturday (March 10), with the moon […]

How astronomy makes neuroscience even cooler: brains, gold, and neutron stars

Did you know you have gold in your brain? Inside every neuron, there are just a few atoms of gold that keep the neuron charged, which is what keeps you thinking, moving, and frankly existing. What could be cooler than that? Well, NASA’s assistant director of science communication Michelle Thaller adds a layer of astronomy […]