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Can Viruses Travel Between Planets?

Season 6 Episode 18 | 13m 58s

In the midst of a pandemic, we sure are thinking about viruses a lot. That’s right, even astrophysicists are pondering these bizarre little critters. In fact, astrovirology, although very new, is actually an emerging subfield of astrobiology. And that’s because it turns out viruses don’t just influence organisms - they’re incredibly important on a planetary scale. Perhaps an interplanetary scale.

Aired: 06/07/20
Extras
All particles belong to two large groups: fermions and bosons.
Just how much stronger is this year’s solar activity going to get?
So you’ve decided to jump into a black hole...
We only recently figured out where cosmic rays are coming from.
Black hole complementarity may force us to rethink what it means to say that it exists.
To travel the stars without faster than light travel we’re going to need a generation ship.
Today we are jumping into a black hole. Again.
The Moon: humanity’s first destination beyond our atmosphere.
So how did humans figure out the solar system? Eclipses!
Is gravity just an emergent effect of entropy?
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All particles belong to two large groups: fermions and bosons.
Just how much stronger is this year’s solar activity going to get?
So you’ve decided to jump into a black hole...
We only recently figured out where cosmic rays are coming from.
Black hole complementarity may force us to rethink what it means to say that it exists.
To travel the stars without faster than light travel we’re going to need a generation ship.
Today we are jumping into a black hole. Again.
The Moon: humanity’s first destination beyond our atmosphere.
So how did humans figure out the solar system? Eclipses!
Is gravity just an emergent effect of entropy?