Neil deGrasse Tyson: Is Superman Radioactive?
According to a fan, DC Universe superhero Superman absorbs radiation from the sun like a solar powered battery and uses it for his powers. So what would happen if he never used his powers – would he start to emit radiation? Neil deGrasse Tyson points out that even Superman can’t store unlimited energy without getting hot, and that you’d be able to detect Superman (and his radiation) with a Geiger counter! Neil also tells comedian Chuck Nice that solar panels would be just as good at converting energy from the sun than Superman.
This “Behind the Scenes” video was shot during the recording of our episode, “Cosmic Queries: Super Powers.” If you’d like to listen to the full podcast, click here: http://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-super-powers/