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Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Transcript of Neil deGrasse Tyson

Early Life
Born October 5 1958 in Manhattan, NY and raised in the Bronx.
American Astrophysicist, author and science communicator
Bachelor of Arts in physics from Harvard

Master of Arts in astronomy from the University of Texas

Master of Philosophy in astrophysics and a Doctor of Philosophy in astrophysics from Columbia University

Neil deGrasse Tyson
Who is Neil deGrasse Tyson now?
Tyson Visited the Hayden Planetarium at the age of 9 and immediately fell in love.
2001 Medal of Excellence at Columbia University
2004 NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal
2000 Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive (People Magazine)
2007 Klopsteg Memorial Award
2009 Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award from the Space Foundation
2009 Isaac Asimov Award from the American Humanist Association

hayden planetarium
founder of astrophysics
Hayden Planetarium
while doing post doctoral research at Princeton (1991-94), Tyson devised a plan to renovate the Hayden Planetarium
a public planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space, part of the Museum of Natural History in NYC
often called the great sphere, upper half houses a star theater that uses state of the art projectors to replicate an accurate/current representation of the night sky
in the year 2000 the $210 million project was completed.
Tyson assisted in its design and raising necessary funds.
Neil and Pluto
Hayden Planetarium reopened in 2000 after renovation
its exhibits only included eight planets, excluding Pluto
Tyson and other astrophysicists wanted to more accurately classify objects in the solar system and decided Pluto was more accurately called a dwarf planet
Pluto not being recognized as a planet resulted in a lot of opposition from the public
In 2006 the International Astronomical Union followed Tyson's lead and labeled Pluto a dwarf planet.
"One of my goals is to bring the universe down to earth in a way that excites the audience"
wrote several books for the general public including "Death by Black Hole" and "The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's favorite planet
hosted the PBS documentary series "Nova ScienceNow" from 2006-2011
Most recently he hosts the show "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey"
has appeared on many television shows such as Colbert Report and the Daily Show
Recieved funding from NASA to do research during his time in school
traveled to international meetings to recruit students to record data
Used the .091 m telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile for parts of his research
Tyson's research was on a wide variety of subjects such as star formation, exploding stars, and the structure of our galaxy
Authored and contributed to papers on the use of type Ia supernova to measure distances which led to the discovery of dark energy and improved the Hubble Constant
Studied astronomy in teens
Community lectures at the age of 15
Tyson recalls that "so strong was that imprint [of the night sky] that I'm certain that I had no choice in the matter, that in fact, the universe called me."
Watch stars from apartment building roof
Spends most of his career researching and sharing his knowledge with the public. Tyson is known for presenting complex concepts in a clear and accessible manner.
Tyson said, "I already knew I wanted to become a scientist. But that afternoon, I learned from Carl the kind of person I wanted to become."
Carl Sagan was given Tyson's application by admissions and personally contacted him.
Soon after Tyson went to visit Sagan in Ithaca, NY
Although chose not to attend Cornell, Sagan still became a huge part of Tyson's life.
Tyson has also served as a presidential advisor. In 2001, President George W. Bush sent Tyson on a commission on the future of the aerospace industry. Three years later, he also served a commission examining U.S. policy on space exploration.
Cosmos is a television series with animations and graphics that provide all of us with a better understanding of our universe.
Tyson applied to Cornell where he would later meet Carl Sagan
What is Tyson up to now?
watch cosmos on FOX Sunday nights at 9 PM or Monday nights at 9 on National Geographic
graduated from The Bronx High School of Science
By Richard Alcantara, Lea Noviello & Tom Sedares
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