Last night, Neil deGrasse Tyson sat down with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show to discuss the tender side of science, the search for liquid water, life on other planets, and what makes a perfect guest for Neil’s own talk show, StarTalk.
In this clip, Stephen Colbert and Neil have a good laugh over some “naughty science.”
Then, Seth MacFarlane joins in to discuss NASA’s Kepler telescope and, more specifically, the mystery surrounding the star KIC 8462852. Some speculate the odd behavior of the dimming star suggests a possible alien megastructure (which proponents admit is an unlikely, but possible explanation).
Colbert, on the other hand, laughs that it’s clear “We’ve found the Ringworld,” as depicted in Larry Niven’s classic 1970 sci-fi novel. But Tyson, our ever-present voice of reason counters, “Just because you don’t understand what you’re looking at doesn’t mean it’s aliens.”
Want more of your favorite personal astrophysicist? This week on StarTalk, Neil interviews comedian Larry Wilmore and discusses the intersection of science and comedy with co-host Eugene Mirman and guest Scott Weems. On Sunday’s episode, guest Larry Wilmore turns the tables and starts asking Neil the questions. He wants to know if mars could have been inhabited by life millions of years ago. Watch the clip, Neil deGrasse Tyson Talks Life on Mars to find out.
Don’t miss new episodes of StarTalk Sundays at 11/10c.