Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains Heat vs. Temperature

Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains Heat vs. Temperature

What’s the difference between heat and temperature? In this StarTalk explainer, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice investigate the important difference between heat and temperature from an astrophysics standpoint and how that impacts our environment.

We take a closer look at how atoms determine the temperature of an object. How does an atom’s vibration impact temperature? What about its mass? Can a single atom have both a temperature and a heat? Find out why this distinction is important when Neil dives into how temperature and heat interact with our environment. What has more heat, your morning cup of coffee or the ocean?

You’ll also learn how climate change works with heat and temperature. What is the energy budget of a climate system? Is it how much you spend on air conditioning? How do air conditioners even work anyway? Discover where energy lurks all around us with your personal astrophysicist!

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