Monday, March 10, 2014
As a high school senior, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson boarded a bus from New York City to Ithaca, to meet his idol, Carl Sagan. The meeting had a profound impact on Tyson, host of the new "Cosmos" series. Three scientists reflect on "Cosmos" and the mentors that influenced their careers.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
The original "Cosmos" aired in 1980 on PBS, and in just 13 episodes, astrophysicist Carl Sagan captured the hearts and minds of a generation. On Sunday, more than 30 years after the original series began, "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" will premiere. Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the new series pays direct homage to Sagan's original vision, in part because the original and the re-boot share an executive producer in Ann Druyan, wife of the late Carl Sagan. Today Druyan discusses the series and her life with Sagan.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Every 11 years the sun switches it's magnetic poles in the culmination of it's solar cycle. We are quickly approaching this planetary event, but scientists are curious about some unusual behavior this time around. Some of the sun's activity, including the intensity of it's sunspots and the placement of it's magnetic field, are behaving in ways not seen for over a century. The Takeaway is joined by Todd Hoeksema, director of the Wilcox Solar Observatory at Stanford University, who explains more about this interesting event.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Friday, July 19, 2013
Takeaway Host John Hockenberry visited the American Physical Society's newest production—but it's not what you would expect. The Intergalactic Travel Bureau looks like any other travel agency. But the destinations at this travel agency are different than what you might be used to. Instead of beach resorts and ancient cities, there are astrophysicists acting as travel agents who advise guests on which would be a better vacation—the far off rings of Saturn or the nearby moon. On today's show, we look at the different aspects of space tourism.
Friday, February 15, 2013
A meteor streaked across the sky in Russia today, reportedly causing hundreds of injuries. The meteor, which was captured on video, came as many were focused on another space object, 2012 DA14, which will fly within a few thousand miles of Earth today. Neil deGrasse Tyson is the director of the Hayden Planetarium and host of Star Talk Radio.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Science writer Neil Shubin discusses a scientific mystery as big as the world itself: How are the events that formed our solar system billions of years ago embedded inside each of us? In The Universe Within, Shubin explains how fossils, the Earth’s position, and the universe’s fourteen-billion-year history can be seen in the human body.
Friday, October 19, 2012
The peak of the Orionid meteor shower promises a dazzling Saturday night display of dusty ice and rock fragments as the earth passes through the trail of Comet Halley, but those hoping to see it will have to stay up late—or get up early.
Friday, August 31, 2012
By Annmarie Fertoli : Associate Producer at WNYC
On Friday night, a full moon – the second of the month – will light up the night sky.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Ever wonder what the sound of a star being shredded by a black hole might sound like? A professor of astronomy at the University of Michigan explains how the light of a dying star can provide us with the frequency to imagine its sound.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Celebrate the 35th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 2 (it rocketed off Earth on 8/20/77 carrying a copy of the Golden Record), and tip your hat to the Mars rover Curiosity as it kicks off its third week on the red planet, with a rebroadcast of one our favorite episodes: Space.
Thursday, August 09, 2012
By Lulu Miller
The yearly Perseid meteor shower peaked this past weekend (8/11-8/12), but you may still catch some shooting star sightings through 8/22. Lulu Miller gives us a quick bit of background on the Perseids, and makes a case for getting outside for some stargazing.
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
By Caitlyn Kim
Weather permitting, people in North America will get to witness a rare astronomical event: the transit of Venus. Over the course of several hours, Venus will pass between the Earth and the Sun. It’s not expected to happen again for 105 years. Watch a Live Stream of the transit.
Monday, March 05, 2012
Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses NASA and the future of space travel, now that NASA has put human space flight on hold. In Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier , he shares his thoughts on topics from the missteps that shaped the recent history of space travel to how aliens, if they existed, might go about finding us.
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Astronomers from the University of California, Berkeley announced that they had discovered the two most massive black holes to date. Their findings situate the black holes at between 10 and 21 billion times the mass of the sun. They are being published in journal Nature. Theoretical astrophysicist Chung-Pei Ma led the team that made these discoveries, and she joins The Takeaway to discuss what this all means.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Dava Sobel tells how the 16th-century discoveries of Nicolaus Copernicus changed the world. More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos tells how a young German mathematician had Copernicus's manuscript On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres published, in 1543 and explains how the book forever changed humankind's place in the universe.
Thursday, March 10, 2011