Brendan Drachler

Brendan Drachler

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The State of the Universe is an accessible science and social podcast hosted by Astrophysicist Brendan Drachler. Listen to Brendan and other renowned members of the scholarly community discuss and explain cutting edge research and profound ideas. 

Frankly, science isn't always communicated effectively to the public - I hope to change that. My mission is to host guests with a wide range of ideas, belief systems, and life experiences in order to provide an interesting and dynamical conversation that is both incredibly enlightening and entertaining enough to listen to! I hope that my listeners can learn and grow alongside me.

The State of The Universe podcast can be found on iTunes, the IOS Podcasts app, Youtube, Spotify, Stitcher, and many other places. See my website for more information.
Tiers
Tier 1 - Planetary Nebula
$1 or more per month

Planetary Nebulae are formed when a not-so-massive star (like our sun) reaches the end of its life. The star throws off its outer layers and the core remains as a white dwarf. The name "planetary nebula" is a misnomer and stems from the fact that early observers believed that these nebulae were the gas from which planets were born. In fact, they are not a beginning at all - they are a violent ending that our own sun may undergo billions of years from today.


  • Any questions you have for upcoming guests will get priority over lower tiers/non-paying viewers!
  • You can see the upcoming guests for the podcast days/weeks in advance by looking at my Patreon posts.
  • You will be personally thanked in the description of each episode!


The planetary nebula image associated with this tier is the Eskimo Nebula.

Tier 2 - Supernova
$5 or more per month

Supernovae are some of the most energetic occurrences in the entirety of the observable Universe. They occur when a massive star can no longer utilize nuclear fusion to generate energy deep within their core. These explosions result in the production of the heavy elements we utilize today on planet Earth. 


“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” -- Carl Sagan.


  • Any questions you have for upcoming guests will get priority over lower tier viewers!
  • You can see the upcoming guests for the podcast days/weeks in advance by looking at my Patreon posts.
  • You will be personally thanked at the end of each episode!
  • All benefits from lower tiers.


The supernova image associated with this tier is the Crab Nebula.

Tier 3 - Pulsar
$10 or more per month

Pulsars are the ultra-dense remnant left behind after a massive star explodes as a supernova. A typical pulsar can have the same mass as our sun but only measure 15 miles across the surface. Not only are they incredibly dense, they also rotate at rates up to 700 times per second! As they rotate, they emit beams of radiation like a cosmic lighthouse at nearly exact time intervals. Pulsars remain some of the most interesting objects we've ever found in the cosmos. 


  • Request a topic that you want to learn more about and I will reach out to an expert in that field.
  • You will have the chance to receive gifts (digital and/or physical). Gifts can range from books written by my guests to T-shirts or coffee mugs. 
  • Any questions you have for upcoming guests will get priority over lower tier viewers!
  • You can see the upcoming guests for the podcast days/weeks in advance by looking at my Patreon posts.
  • You will be personally thanked at the beginning of each episode!
  • All benefits from lower tiers.


Image credit: Casey Reed, Penn State University

Tier 4 - Quasar
$20 or more per month

Quasars are extremely bright astrophysical sources that are the result of a supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy accreting (devouring) material from its neighborhood. Jets form in these systems that shoot material perpendicular to the plane of the galaxy and we are able to detect the radiation produced in such an event. Supermassive black holes weighing millions of times the mass of the sun are likely to exist in the center of every galaxy. 


  • You can request a guest and I will reach out them and attempt to feature them as a guest on TSOTU!
  • You will have the chance to receive gifts (digital and/or physical). Gifts can range from books written by my guests to T-shirts or coffee mugs. 
  • Any questions you have for upcoming guests will get priority over lower tier viewers!
  • You can see the upcoming guests for the podcast days/weeks in advance by looking at my Patreon posts.
  • You will be personally thanked at the beginning of each episode!
  • All benefits from lower tiers.


Image Credit: JPL

The State of the Universe is an accessible science and social podcast hosted by Astrophysicist Brendan Drachler. Listen to Brendan and other renowned members of the scholarly community discuss and explain cutting edge research and profound ideas. 

Frankly, science isn't always communicated effectively to the public - I hope to change that. My mission is to host guests with a wide range of ideas, belief systems, and life experiences in order to provide an interesting and dynamical conversation that is both incredibly enlightening and entertaining enough to listen to! I hope that my listeners can learn and grow alongside me.

The State of The Universe podcast can be found on iTunes, the IOS Podcasts app, Youtube, Spotify, Stitcher, and many other places. See my website for more information.

Recent posts by Brendan Drachler

Tiers
Tier 1 - Planetary Nebula
$1 or more per month

Planetary Nebulae are formed when a not-so-massive star (like our sun) reaches the end of its life. The star throws off its outer layers and the core remains as a white dwarf. The name "planetary nebula" is a misnomer and stems from the fact that early observers believed that these nebulae were the gas from which planets were born. In fact, they are not a beginning at all - they are a violent ending that our own sun may undergo billions of years from today.


  • Any questions you have for upcoming guests will get priority over lower tiers/non-paying viewers!
  • You can see the upcoming guests for the podcast days/weeks in advance by looking at my Patreon posts.
  • You will be personally thanked in the description of each episode!


The planetary nebula image associated with this tier is the Eskimo Nebula.

Tier 2 - Supernova
$5 or more per month

Supernovae are some of the most energetic occurrences in the entirety of the observable Universe. They occur when a massive star can no longer utilize nuclear fusion to generate energy deep within their core. These explosions result in the production of the heavy elements we utilize today on planet Earth. 


“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” -- Carl Sagan.


  • Any questions you have for upcoming guests will get priority over lower tier viewers!
  • You can see the upcoming guests for the podcast days/weeks in advance by looking at my Patreon posts.
  • You will be personally thanked at the end of each episode!
  • All benefits from lower tiers.


The supernova image associated with this tier is the Crab Nebula.

Tier 3 - Pulsar
$10 or more per month

Pulsars are the ultra-dense remnant left behind after a massive star explodes as a supernova. A typical pulsar can have the same mass as our sun but only measure 15 miles across the surface. Not only are they incredibly dense, they also rotate at rates up to 700 times per second! As they rotate, they emit beams of radiation like a cosmic lighthouse at nearly exact time intervals. Pulsars remain some of the most interesting objects we've ever found in the cosmos. 


  • Request a topic that you want to learn more about and I will reach out to an expert in that field.
  • You will have the chance to receive gifts (digital and/or physical). Gifts can range from books written by my guests to T-shirts or coffee mugs. 
  • Any questions you have for upcoming guests will get priority over lower tier viewers!
  • You can see the upcoming guests for the podcast days/weeks in advance by looking at my Patreon posts.
  • You will be personally thanked at the beginning of each episode!
  • All benefits from lower tiers.


Image credit: Casey Reed, Penn State University

Tier 4 - Quasar
$20 or more per month

Quasars are extremely bright astrophysical sources that are the result of a supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy accreting (devouring) material from its neighborhood. Jets form in these systems that shoot material perpendicular to the plane of the galaxy and we are able to detect the radiation produced in such an event. Supermassive black holes weighing millions of times the mass of the sun are likely to exist in the center of every galaxy. 


  • You can request a guest and I will reach out them and attempt to feature them as a guest on TSOTU!
  • You will have the chance to receive gifts (digital and/or physical). Gifts can range from books written by my guests to T-shirts or coffee mugs. 
  • Any questions you have for upcoming guests will get priority over lower tier viewers!
  • You can see the upcoming guests for the podcast days/weeks in advance by looking at my Patreon posts.
  • You will be personally thanked at the beginning of each episode!
  • All benefits from lower tiers.


Image Credit: JPL