The Most Exciting Book about Pluto You will Ever Read in Your Life


You want me to do what? Watch an interview with an astrophysicist?! Simmer down; and just hear me out.

Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of the coolest cats in the universe. For one, he knows all about the universe. A Harvard grad, Tyson is a best selling author of works such as Death by Black Hole in addition to being the host of PBS's educational television show NOVA scienceNOW.

In the video above, he drops mad knowledge on Jon Stewart of The Daily Show and promotes his latest page turner, The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of American's Favorite Planet.

Spoiler alert: He damaged Pluto's reputation despite efforts from the state of New Mexico and the Disney character to save it. Third graders sent him hate mail because of it.

Fast forward to 04:20 if you want to know when a giant asteroid might hit Earth. Like I said, the man knows everything.

I can totally imagine him in a barbershop quartet with Clarence Thomas, Dr. Julius Hibbert from The Simpsons and Bill Cosby.

This man fascinates me.
*Tyson was voted the "Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive" by People Magazine in 2000.
* An asteroid, 13123 Tyson, is named in his honor.
* He is a wine enthusiast whose collection has been featured by Wine Spectator and The World of Fine Wine.
* He was named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People of 2007.
* He received the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest honor awarded by NASA to a non-government civilian, in 2004.
* In 1985, he won a gold medal with the University of Texas dance team at a national tournament in the International Latin Ballroom style.
* Jon Stewart calls him "f-ing insane," in a loving way.

A darling of the Colbert Report and The Daily Show, Tyson has appeared a record five times on the former and three times on latter, plus two appearances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

In an inspiring final "sermon" at the 2006 Beyond Belief lecture series, Tyson ponders his mission on Earth.

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Comment by Esteban on February 16, 2009 at 11:29pm
This guy was on Leno not too long ago--the most interesting nerd/dork ever. Seriously.
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