Neil deGrasse Tyson Lands National Geographic TV Show

Neil deGrasse Tyson is venturing into late-night television.

The astrophysicist has landed a TV show on National Geographic Channel called Star Talk — based on his popular podcast.

The TV gig comes on the heels of Tyson’s work on the TV mini-series Cosmos: Spacetime Odyssey.

Cosmos allowed us to share the awesome power of the universe with a global audience in ways that we never thought possible,” Tyson said in a statement. “To be able to continue to spread wonder and excitement through Star Talk, which is a true passion project for me, is beyond exciting. And National Geographic Channel is the perfect home as we continue to explore the universe.”

Set to premiere in April, Star Talk will explore various cosmic topics — from space travel and extraterrestrial life to the environment. It will include interviews with comedians, scientists and celebrities, too.

The weekly series will tape before a live studio audience from the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium in New York.

Source: CBS News

‘Cosmos’ Host Neil deGrasse Tyson to Bring Educational Entertainment to Atlanta’s Fox Theatre

Neil deGrasse Tyson, the host of Fox’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, will be coming to the Fox Theatre in Atlanta in March.

The evening is promised to be family-friendly, entertaining and also educational.

As viewers of Cosmos witnessed, Tyson has an undeniable talent to discussions science and the mysteries of the universe in a way that truly leaves audience members mesmerized.

Now, he’ll be bringing that talent to the Fox Theatre for a multi-media presentation about modern science.

With the famous astrophysicist clearly having a vast amount of knowledge, there is no telling what aspects of modern science the presentation will actually focus on the most.

In addition to hosting his own presentation, he is also expected to open up the floor to take questions from the audience with a particular focus on the children.

While many people were first introduced to Tyson through his captivating science special, it certainly isn’t the most impressive item on the New York native’s resume.

He is the host of StarTalk Radio and was deemed The New York Times best-selling author 10 times with 10 different books.

In 2001 and 2004, former President George W. Bush appointed Tyson to serve on commissions studying the future of the U.S. aerospace industry and the implementation of the U.S. space exploration policy.

Tyson also holds far more doctorates than the average person.

Throughout his career he has been awarded 18 honorary doctorates.

He has also been awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, which is the highest NASA can give to any nongovernmental citizen.


‘Cosmos’ Star Neil deGrasse Tyson Strips Sugarcoating Off Heavy Science Topics

Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson recently captivated an audience of more than 4,000 people as he took on heavy topics in a way that only he can.

The esteemed astrophysicist spoke at the Nicoson Hall at the University of Indianapolis on Wednesday evening and used the time to not only educate the crowd, but to prove that science could indeed be more interesting than people might expect.

At one point, Tyson explained to the crowd why he doesn’t get excited about eclipses.

While the general public seems to make a big deal out of lunar and solar eclipses, Tyson explained that they are far more common than people think.

“Eclipses are not rare,” he told the crowd. “If you ever see a news article that says eclipses are rare, NO! Eclipses are more frequent than the Olympics.”

Eventually, the talk of eclipses led to a playful moment between Tyson and an audience member who excitedly exclaimed that there was a solar eclipse Thursday.

“Thank you for reminding the speaker, who is an astrophysicist,” he joked. “I assure you when stuff goes on with the sun, I’m all up in it.”

Tyson also revealed that he isn’t in support of trying to create a new civilization on Mars.

While some pioneers are hoping to get people on Mars by 2023, Tyson said he wouldn’t recommend the journey for anyone and he certainly won’t make it himself.

“I’m not signing up,” he said. “I will wait until there’s a budget to bring me back.”

That’s not to say he is a huge fan of earth, either.

Tyson joked that earth is certainly no “loving mother planet.”

“Earth basically wants to kill you,” he told the stunned crowd before explaining that 97 to 98 percent of all species that ever existed on earth are now extinct.

When compared to the universe, however, earth doesn’t look too bad.

“Not that we can find much solace in the universe,” Tyson continued. “The universe also wants to kill us, what with gamma ray bursts, supernova explosions, black holes and more.”

Despite how dangerous the universe may be, it isn’t clear if Tyson would rather take that journey through the scary universe if it meant he didn’t have to talk to politicians anymore.

While Tyson loves talking to the public about science, he made it clear that it’s a different story when he has to talk to Congress.

“The reason I don’t want to tell Congress about science is that 88 percent of Congress is up for election every two years,” he said. “I could go there and get them all hyped up about science, and I have to do that every two years. My task as an educator is not to change the mind of Congress. My task as an educator is to educate the public so they can elect the right people in the first place.”