StarTalk x The Film Theorists: Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains the Science of Rick and Morty
Wubba lubba dub dub! On this very special video of StarTalk Radio we’re teaming up with @The Film Theorists to explore the science of Rick and Morty! Neil deGrasse Tyson is joined by comic co-host Chuck Nice and MatPat of The Film Theorists to dive into some iconic science portrayed on one of the most popular animated shows in recent years.
Discover more about dark matter. Rick uses dark matter to power his spaceship but MatPat wants to know if that’s actually scientifically possible. Neil tells us why the show might say dark matter but actually mean dark energy. You’ll learn more about the differences between the two and why dark energy would be more capable of being used over dark matter.
We also dive into antimatter. On Season 2, Episode 2, Rick and Morty of have to destroy a gaseous being named Fart and they do so by using an antimatter gun. So, what exactly is antimatter? Neil explains why antimatter is the “favorite fuel of science fiction” and just how antimatter works in real life.
All that, plus, we explore the multiverse of Rick and Morty with The Film Theorists right here:
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"Black Swan” & "White Swan" limited edition serigraph prints by Coast Salish artist Jane Kwatleematt Marston. Please visit Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, for more information about this artist and her work.
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  • Surble Chev
    Surble Chev

    Tbh, Beelze-Boson sounds like an amazing villain name

  • Aryan Hegde
    Aryan Hegde

    Citadel of Tysons, kinda reminds me of library of Thoth from Gods of Egypt

  • The Bossbrothers123
    The Bossbrothers123

    Hope you enjoy your gold plate

  • Rian Seecrest
    Rian Seecrest

    This just felt pretty insulting for the first half

  • diverse gamer
    diverse gamer

    today i relised im dumb

  • JanPan

    If matpads part is Preis rekorded, why is his audio quality so bad

  • King Nation
    King Nation

    All they said is FACTS

  • The Big Dee 9o2
    The Big Dee 9o2

    is it weird that i got an ad for neil's master class before the video started?

  • Mr. Ditkovich
    Mr. Ditkovich

    I got a Neil degrasse Tyson ad while watching this

  • Bryce Duncan
    Bryce Duncan

    I personally have a theory about time travel though it's not really time travel it's more like multiverse world theory ware their are two worlds that are exactly the same besides the time the worlds are created with means if a person that lives on one world figured out how to go to the other it would seem to them they traveled though time but really all that they did was travel through diminson's to a world that began at a different time in it's past

  • Liran Piade
    Liran Piade

    Would it not be possible to collect and contain dark matter if you did manage to have something that interacts with it? Say you bind some form of matter/energy/force we haven't discovered yet, which dark matter does interact with, to the inside of an ordinary material container, if you get dark matter in there, it should technically contain concentrated dark matter. Sure it won't experience pressure like ordinary matter does when there's a lot of it in a confined space, so it won't *seem* concentrated, but you should still be able to have a higher amount of dark matter than usual in such a container, and then also move it around since that container's inner surface would interact with dark matter.

    • Deep hug
      Deep hug

      It does not ineract with each other? I thought it does by gravity. Can enough dark matter form a black whole?

  • Alexander Ryfinski
    Alexander Ryfinski


    • Deep hug
      Deep hug

      Can there be planets and live forms based on anti matter?

  • Satou_OwU

    I hail from the fourth dimension, I came to hit that subscribe button.

    • zijuiy wttuy
      zijuiy wttuy

      I got an add on his yt channel while watching a vid on his yt channel.

  • Shin Megami
    Shin Megami

    Here from Game Theory. Congrats on 1M.

  • Anthony Carlton
    Anthony Carlton

    mattpatt got me here

    • zijuiy wttuy
      zijuiy wttuy

      Glad Neil kept his integrity as always, letting these fans know that Rick & Morty mostly is for people that want to think they’re smart.

  • Evelyn Rocks Your Life
    Evelyn Rocks Your Life

    i was searching for people not knowing who matpat is but I only find people who came from his video XD

  • bskinner22rianna

    3 mins in and Neil is being condescending and rude. Nice.

  • snakestube

    So if we know how to create anti-matter we don’t really have a trash problem??

  • Nate O
    Nate O

    brought here by film theory, but neil, you are providing a great service here

  • TheMemeDoge21

    im beating my dark matter friend to death

  • William Jacobs
    William Jacobs

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="360">6:00</a> There's some question whether dark matter interacts with itself or not.

  • Mewkaryote16 Allen
    Mewkaryote16 Allen

    I'm wondering if dark mater or dark energy may be related to virtual particles.

  • Stove Games Games
    Stove Games Games


  • unnamed

    Wouldn't it be possible for a lot of dark matter to be localized in a single point therefore concentrating it?

  • Manny Martinez
    Manny Martinez


  • Freesheep

    Well they made it to 1 million !

  • Justnooo

    Can there be planets and live forms based on anti matter?

  • Justnooo

    It does not ineract with each other? I thought it does by gravity. Can enough dark matter form a black whole?

  • Vvmopz

    Glad Neil kept his integrity as always, letting these fans know that Rick & Morty mostly is for people that want to think they’re smart.

  • Laz

    I got an add on his yt channel while watching a vid on his yt channel.

  • fouoii gyhh
    fouoii gyhh

    Me: sees that I missed the 1Mil Me: (nooo’s in Darth Vader*)

  • Barichnel

    Watching this before i start watching RM next week :)

  • Barichnel

    That 1st cartoon law of physics is also very common in tom and jerry, isn't it? 😂

  • Rishitas

    You crossed 1 mil fast

    • fouoii gyhh
      fouoii gyhh

      finally someone smart enough to explain that crazy science !

  • Godwin Immanuel Zane Gabral
    Godwin Immanuel Zane Gabral

    Then it would be established that black holes and the center of planets and stars all contain dark matter.


    neil is trying not to laugh

  • кееидп Гавдgo
    кееидп Гавдgo

    Master Class Neil Degrasse Ad on a Neil Degrasse video

  • Omni Potent
    Omni Potent

  • Rian Wademan
    Rian Wademan

    So, if the universe is constantly expanding, would dark energy just be the constant expansion between the dark matter and the pull of dark energy just an ever expanding vacuum of space?



  • Jeremy Jarvis
    Jeremy Jarvis


  • mathew nunez
    mathew nunez

    I'm sorry doc, i don't think i completely understand anti matter. are there different elements or subsets of antimatter. or will all different kinds of matter be converted to energy my the same, one, antimatter

  • Robert Duran
    Robert Duran

    Is it possible that dark matter is what's left over from matter and antimatter collisions? Without being able to detect it other than its gravity, how would could ever know if we're creating dark matter in a lab? Furthermore, could we possibly collide so much matter and antimatter that we increase the Earth's gravity?

  • Tim Carver
    Tim Carver

    baby loony tones made fun of this in one where they needed to walk across a cavern but they just didnt look down

  • Andrzej kretschmer
    Andrzej kretschmer

    wut happens if anti matter got shot or eaten by a person?

  • Bio Hazard
    Bio Hazard

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="868">14:28</a> Yes!

  • Moshe Hasson
    Moshe Hasson

  • Ananin Ki
    Ananin Ki

    Dark matter = absence of matter? Like cold / hot, light - dark ?

  • Grim Reaper
    Grim Reaper

    2 of my favorite people having a crossover. :)

  • ahmed jabnouni
    ahmed jabnouni

    finally someone smart enough to explain that crazy science !

  • Gersont

    Neil laughing is the best thing ever

  • Terry Sutherland
    Terry Sutherland

    Could dark matter be our three-dimensional view of a hyperdimensional object? Maybe dark energy is the force, and it's mad at EVERYTHING!

  • Cody C
    Cody C

    I get all my science from Cartoons.

  • NotAGoat

    So, if I'm understanding this correctly, there is a different type of antimatter for each type of matter, and each type of antimatter can only destroy its corresponding type of matter. Which is different from what most science fiction seems to say, which is that any antimatter will destroy any matter.

  • Heath Sims
    Heath Sims

    But Rick's car battery runs on energy produced by a trapped microverse, not by concentrated dark matter. Why didn't you address this?

  • Brian Hartman
    Brian Hartman

    My understanding is we can't produce enough antimatter to actually use it as a fuel. Is that not true?

  • TheRealDialvin

    Febreze is antimatter for farts

  • Sofia Santamaria
    Sofia Santamaria

    When he said all Tysons are coordinated across the multiverse, it reminded me of that episode where Rick was the only one acting the same while Morty and Summer where not. The one with the cats

  • Deep hug
    Deep hug

    Let's have MatPat record some questions and dialogue and pretend we're talking to him live!

  • Jubei Kibagami Fez
    Jubei Kibagami Fez

    Wow. Congrats on 1 Million!!!!

  • Tye Wells
    Tye Wells

    YOU DID IT (currently 1.11 million) love you Neil! You're one of my biggest influences in my quest for scientific knowledge! I've got a copy of "Accessory To War" By: You and Avis Lang and I'm reading it along via audiobook

  • Slamurai Matt
    Slamurai Matt

    This video made me unsubscribe to "MattPatt"

    • Deep hug
      Deep hug

      that there is a brief moment when you appear to hover before you fall when running off an elevated surface, not as long as Wile E. Coyote would, but enough that you can figur

  • Amelia Bayha
    Amelia Bayha

    I can't watch this smart man be mean to my Rick

  • Super_Fox28

    Can your spirit or mind travel through the multi-verse or even time travel to different places?

  • Wyatt Sudbrink
    Wyatt Sudbrink

    if dark matter is on a plane that we can't see or interact with does that mean it's the 4th dimension?

  • qdllc

    RE: “Many Worlds” and “Infinite Universes,” why can’t it be both? If you see all of existence as a 3-dimension construct with the moment of origin at the very center, all possibilities stream out in all directions. So, in the very early universes, fundamental differences occur, and that subset of existence would effectively be cut off from other non-compatible universes. So long as the fundamental rules of physics are consistent, you could visit another version of our own world or an entirely different universe where we never existed.

  • Dio Joestar
    Dio Joestar

    Is it just me or does it seem really condescending

    • DrCrazyEvil

      Whatd does?

  • menace05

    nice combo of host and topic... love it

  • Ruben Rivera
    Ruben Rivera

    Tyson C-137 .... not C-138 ...... you Jerry

  • Island Carnivores
    Island Carnivores

    Neil “We don’t know much about it but I’m gonna tell you all about it” Tyson

  • K b
    K b


  • Ac Tenebras
    Ac Tenebras

    Hey I’m anti social and nice

  • meme-sama!

    Thanks matpat i have now a favorite channel to listen while traveling.

  • MrInformYou

    Chuck who's taking care of your hair during this shutdown? Whoever he is you're not paying him enough lol.

  • zijuiy wttuy
    zijuiy wttuy

    I’m just saying if I had a biography about me I want Neil to narrate it man has a voice

  • Paul Rice
    Paul Rice

    I am sorry 😐 really fat animals lurid me away from your video, but I will be back seriously 😳

  • Paul Rice
    Paul Rice

    Neil just send me a Tesla if I am your one million subscriber

  • madestmadhatter

    Interesting note, when I was like five I was curious about whether or not you would hover before a fall, so I thought I'd test it out, luckily I figured it didn't mater how high up off the ground you were so I just ran off of a chair I often jumped off of for fun at the time, and while I only did it like 10 times and haven't tested it again since, five year old me confirmed that there is a brief moment when you appear to hover before you fall when running off an elevated surface, not as long as Wile E. Coyote would, but enough that you can figure that's where the cartoon artist or possible original slapstick comedians got the idea, it's probably more like a slight arc than an actual hover, as you lose your forward momentum and gravity takes over, but it was enough for five year old me.

    • zijuiy wttuy
      zijuiy wttuy

      Never watch rick and morty but I had to watch to see these intellectuals have a conversation.

  • level of stress 99%
    level of stress 99%

    Antimatter is actually super hard to come by in large amounts. It might not be exact but I think it would take like a billion years to make a gram of antimatter with today’s technology.

  • Ryan Asbridge
    Ryan Asbridge

    ive never noticed Neil's hand tremor before... i hope he's healthy and that its not new

  • Hora Drakehart
    Hora Drakehart

    “Don’t get your science from cartoons” Really... really... Maybe Neil doesn’t know what MatPat actually does... He takes shows or games... Highlights something in them And does EXTENSIVE research to see if that something can be scientifically possible. He doesn’t get his “Science” from cartoons but from the research he does to see if an idea from that could possibly be fact. Neil is a very smart guy who understands and knows quite a bit about this kind of stuff but still, him saying that surprised me...