The Late Show with Stephen Colbert won’t hit the airwaves until September 8th, but Colbert is already getting his Late Show Youtube channel up and running. That’s where you will find this video breaking down NASA’s amazing flyby of Pluto last week, a journey that involved the New Horizons spacecraft traveling a staggering 3 billion miles. (See photos here.) Joining Colbert is Neil deGrasse Tyson, who needs no introduction around here. Enjoy the banter, and don’t forget that you can download Tyson’s short course, The Inexplicable Universe. It’s free from The Great Courses for a limited time.
If the concept of Colbert interviewing Tyson intrigues you, don’t miss this lengthy interview originally posted on OC in 2011.
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At 12 minutes Mr. Tyson said he’d rather call Earth a dwarf planet (and all the rocky spheres like Mars, etc.) and give the gas giants the sole distinction of “planet”. The interview was pretty funny. I wish he would discuss theories not common knowledge such as most or all of our planets did not originate with our sun. Rather they have been intercepted. The most interesting theory to me is the Saturn Theory. This one elaborates from human mythology that Earth was a satellite of proto-Saturn, a sub-brown dwarf star a member of a dwarf galaxy crossing into the Milky Way (sagitarius dwarf galaxy) and Earth likely 2/3 covered in ice as it arrived in the heliosphere of this bigger star “Sol”, our present sun only 6-8,000 years ago….not millions…