To many Americans Neil deGrasse Tyson is the face of astrophysics and space science. As host of StarTalk Radio, host of NOVA scienceNOW, director of New York's Hayden Planetarium, and frequent guest to shows like The Colbert Report and the Daily Show, he is a top proponent of space travel and making science relevant to all age groups.
We'll get to know Neil even better when he stars as the host of a modern, updated version of Cosmos, the science show previously hosted by Carl Sagan. The show won't be hitting the airwaves until 2013, so in the meantime we'll turn to Neil's Twitter feed for daily space and science lessons. Here are our favorite recent "tweetorials" from the astrophysicist.
- On the future — "In 5-billion yrs the Sun will expand & engulf our orbit as the charred ember that was once Earth vaporizes. Have a nice day."
- On cheese — "How many Calories would a Moon made of cheese be, you ask? A made-of-manchego Moon = 285 septillion Calories."
- On celestial wonders — "When do NorthernLights peak, you ask? The Sun's activity drives it during an 11yr cycle: Mid 2013 (Not 2012!)"
- On Doctor Who — "Dr. Who geeks only: Am I last to learn that "DoctorWho" letters rearrange to "Torchwood" - their Alien-tech research center?"
- On celebrating the planets — "Jul 12, 2011: Happy 1st B'day to Neptune. Discovered in 1846, today marks 1 full orbit since the Sept 24th night it was found."
- On America's favorite past time — "Just an FYI: It takes twice as much energy to throw a baseball 100mph than it does to throw one at 70mph. DoThePhysics."