The Stars are in Reach

1. Cosmic Queries: Science Fiction

Science Fiction meets science fact as Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman explore time travel, warp drive, force fields, transporter beams, parallel universes and Dyson spheres.

2. Moon and Aldebaran

If you’re looking for a place to settle down, it’s all about the location. And that’s the case whether you’re changing addresses or changing worlds. Colonists on the Moon, for example, would want a spot with a good view of home and easy access to power and raw materials. Two locations probably fill all of those requirements: the north and south poles.

3. Astronomy On Ice

What is the IceCube Neutrino Detector? Jonathan and Lauren take a look at a telescope that's one mile under the ice at the South Pole.

4. Isotopes

The number of protons defines an element, but the number of neutrons can vary. We call these different flavors of an element isotopes, and use these isotopes to solve some challenging mysteries in physics and astronomy. Some isotopes occur naturally, and others need to be made in nuclear reactors and particle accelerators.

5. Highest Resolution of the Night Sky

Who's got the sharpest eye? We'll see what happens when you turbo charge a ground based telescope with Adaptive Optics

6. Signs of Water Found in the Atmospheres of Five Exoplanets

Researchers, using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, recently found faint signs of water in the atmospheres of five planets located outside of our solar system.  They were also able to conclusively measure the profile and intensity of each planet’s atmospheric water content as well as compare their findings between the five exoplanets.

7. Say I Saw ISON

Don't miss viewing Comet ISON, visible in the east before dawn, with a tail now as long as the bowl of the Big Dipper. Clara Moskowitz reports

8. Dust mystery surrounds first stars

The early Universe had little dust, so how did the first stars form? Also; blackholes, worm holes and quantum gravity; and freshwater lakes capable of supporting life once existed on Mars.

9. Curiosity Rover Jumps In a Lake

The crater that the Mars Curiosity Rover landed in is an ancient lake.

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