Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City. He also hosted the 2014 version of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey; a followup to the 1980’s TV series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which was presented by Carl Sagan on PBS.
Tyson is a scientific bad ass, unafraid to call people on their shit. Sometimes he does this rather covertly via Twitter. Here are ten of our faves:
The less evidence we have for what we believe is certain, the more violently we defend beliefs against those who don’t agree.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) April 28, 2015
No wonder us mortals get so angry so easily…
Seems to me, every day should be Earth Day. — Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) April 23, 2015
Yes! It should! How about we start celebrating Universe Day!?
If we were honest about shortcomings of human physiology then “optical illusions” would instead be labeled “brain failures”.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) February 28, 2015
I’m having one of those right now.
If there is a cat Heaven, and if cat Heaven has mice for cats to chase, seems to me that cat Heaven must then be mice Hell. — Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) April 21, 2015
At least we know why mice make the best band mates! They’re already destined for Hell!
Meteors meet fiery deaths as they plunge through Earth’s atmosphere. So the term “Meteoric Rise” makes no sense whatsoever.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) April 14, 2015
Hmmm,… Unless we stick around long enough to witness the proverbial crash and burn.
The word “awesome” once described things like Moon landings & cures for disease. Today, it’s an unexpected feature in an App. — Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) April 6, 2015
You, sir, are AWESOME!
If I were ever abducted by aliens, the first thing I’d ask is whether they came from a planet where people also deny science.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 25, 2015
Snap! Our political leaders are the last people aliens should ask to see… We vote Tyson!
A 50-yd field goal, in the University of Phoenix Stadium, deflects about one-third inch to the right due to Earth’s rotation — Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) February 2, 2015
Stop… making… our… brains… hurt…
Occasionally I wonder what a football game would be like if played by Zombies. Would be slower, but oh so much more violent.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) February 2, 2015
Whoa! What a visual!