Intergalactic personality, award-winning astrophysicist, author, and favored science “it-guy” Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson brought his lecture “Cosmic Collisions” to The Long Center on Tuesday, February 6, 2018.
For this rescheduled Austin engagement, Dr. Tyson delivered his lecture “Cosmic Collisions,” focusing on all things that go bump in the night (and in the day). Yes, the universe wants to kill you: On occasion, these collisions—asteroid and comet impacts on Earth—can render life extinct. He explained why and how this happens and what we are doing about it.
In addition to dozens of professional publications and becoming a fixture in both our scientific and pop culture in his own right, Dr. Tyson has written and continues to write for the public. For five seasons, beginning in the fall of 2006, Dr. Tyson appeared as the on-camera host of PBS-NOVA’s spinoff program NOVA ScienceNOW—an accessible look at the frontier of all the science that shapes the understanding of our place in the universe. Dr. Tyson is the recipient of eighteen honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to a non-government citizen.