Neil deGrasse Tyson Shares His Letters In New Book


>>Stephen: HEY, EVERYBODY! WELCOME BACK! WE’RE HERE WITH NEIL deGRASSE
TYSON! AUTHOR OF “LETTERS FROM AN
ASTROPHYSICIST.” BUT YOU’RE THE ASTROPHYSICIST. THESE AREN’T WHAT PEOPLE WROTE
TO YOU, THIS IS WHAT YOU WROTE BACK TO PEOPLE?>>IT’S BOTH, BUT IT ALSO
CONTAINS LETTERS I JUST WROTE, ONE TO MY PARENTS, ONE TO
N.A.S.A. THERE’S A EULOGY I WROTE IN A
FORM OF A LETTER TO MY FATHER WHO PASSED A COUPLE OF YEARS
AGO. I WROTE AN OPEN LETTER 2012
BECAUSE I LIVED TWO BLOCKS FROM GROUND ZERO AND JUST TO WITNESS
THAT WAS — I MEAN, I GET — I WELL UP JUST REMEMBERING THAT. MY ACCORDANCE RELATED TO THAT —
MY CORRESPONDENCE RELATED TO THAT, AND LETTERS TO PEOPLE IN
SEARCH OF MEANING AND THEY WRITE TO ME ON THE HOPE, AND I THINK I
DELIVERED IT AT LEAST IN SOME OF THE CASES WHERE I CAN SHARE
ASTROPHYSICIST LUMINOSITY ON A DECISION THEY NEED TO MAKE NEXT. IT INCLUDES LETTERS FROM PEOPLE
IN PRISON, THERE ARE LETTERS — WHAT ARE YOU DOING.>>Stephen:.>>Stephen: I’M WRITING THE
PHRASE COSMIC PERSPECTIVE LUMINOSITY. I WANT TO NAME A BAND THAT. ( LAUGHTER )
>>I COULD SAY SHED LIGHT ON IT, BUT LUMINOSITY IS WHAT STARS DO. IT COMES OUT OF THAT. SO THERE’S A JEWISH WOMAN
RAISING A TEN-YEAR-OLD SON WHO’S ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM AND HE
COMES HOME FROM HEBREW SCHOOL AND SAYS HE DOESN’T BELIEVE IN
GOD AND THAT HE THINKS THE BIBLE IS JUST STORIES AND SHE SAYS,
WHERE DID YOU GET THESE IDEAS? AND HE SAYS, COSMOS.>>Stephen: ARE YOU HAPPY,
NEIL? HAVEN’T THE JEWS SUFFERED
ENOUGH, NEIL? ( LAUGHTER )
I’VE GOT TO GET TO THIS LETTER.>>ANOTHER LETTER.>>Stephen: A LETTER FROM
2006 –>>SO AFTER THAT EXCHANGE, SHE
INVITED ME TO HIS BAR MITZVAH.>>Stephen: THAT’S NICE. THAT WAS VERY NICE.>>Stephen: EVERYBODY KNOWS
THAT YOU WERE INVOLVED WITH THE DEMOTION OF PLUTO FROM PLANET TO
ALSO RANET.>>GET OVER IT.>>Stephen: NO ONE’S OVER IT,
NO ONE FORGIVES YOU. TAKE A LOOK AT. THIS WOULD YOU MIND READING TO
THE PEOPLE WHAT THE YOUNG PERSON WROTE TO YOU HERE?>>THIS IN THE BOOK IS
REPRODUCED IN FACSIMILE, THIS IS FROM A FOURTH GRADER. A MISSED OFF FOURTH GRADER. ( LAUGHTER )
IT’S IN A CHAPTER CALLED HATE MAIL.>>Stephen: OH, OKAY. THIRD GRADER. DEAR SCIEN-TEST.>>Stephen: YOU’RE MOCKING A
FOURTH GRADER? WOW! ( LAUGHTER )
( APPLAUSE ) WOW!>>I’M JUST — BECAUSE THEY
DON’T SEE THE WORD SPELLED, I I AM ENUNCIATING. DEAR SCIEN-TEST. WHAT DO YOU CALL PLUTO IF IT’S
NOT A PLANET ANYMORE? IF YOU MAKE IT A PLANET AGAIN
ALL THE SCIENCE BOOKS WILL BE RIGHT. DO PEOPLE LIVE ON PLUTO? IF PEOPLE LIVE THERE, THEN THEY
WON’T EXIST! WHY CAN’T PLUTO BE A PLANET? IF IT’S SMALL, IT DOESN’T MEAN
IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A PLANET ANYMORE. SOME PEOPLE LIKE PLUTO AND IF IT
DOESN’T EXIST THEY DON’T HAVE A FAVORITE PLANET. PLEASE WRITE BACK, BUT NOT IN
CURSIVE BECAUSE I CAN’T READ IN CURSIVE. ( LAUGHTER )
( APPLAUSE ) I JUST WANT TO KNOW, WE DUG UP
THAT CHILD, SHE’S IN COLLEGE, MAJORING IN ENVIRONMENTAL
STUDIES IN FLORIDA. SO SHE TURNED OUT OKAY IN SPITE
OF THIS.>>Stephen: WOW, LETTERS FROM
FROM — “LETTERS FROM AN ASTROPHYSICIST” IS ON SALE NOW. NEIL deGRASSE TYSON,
EVERYBODY! GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN! WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH FORMER
NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR SUSAN RICE!

100 thoughts on “Neil deGrasse Tyson Shares His Letters In New Book

  1. Neil didn't, "do," anything to Pluto lol the Hayden Planetarium, during it's reconstruction/renovation, moved Pluto to a new category, separate from the other Eight Planets, "proper," because by then the discovery of other, larger Kuyper Belt objects had been discovered, creating a category more appropriate for small, Icy "Plutoids," to be exhibited, opening up the debate amongst the International Astronomical Union during it's decadal meeting in Geneva to recategorize it officially within a more appropriate nomenclature.

    Neil deGrasse Tyson just HAPPENED to be the guy who all the children sent their angry letters to because of his position as the head of the Astronomy department at the Planetarium.

    If you moved Pluto to where the Earth is located in its Orbit around the Sun, it would grow an extremely long tail.

    That's no behavior for a Planet.

    Plus; Since Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto, there have since been found many other icy bodies that are even larger, one of which is located in the asteroid belt between the Orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

    But, the IAU concensus was that these objects would be more appropriately categorized with each other, in a new class of, "Plutoids."

    Which is reflected in that section of the Hayden Planetarium in New York.

  2. Neil is so full of it…..99% of everything he claims is fact…..its made up. If what he says is real. Then why don't the pole stars move???? Just freaking saying!!!!

  3. 1:59 Stephen pulls his hand away from Neil awkwardly, as if he believes the lying women who tried to ruin Neil's career.

  4. Dear Scientest.
    If Pluto is no longer considered a planet, how come Disney have failed to address this issue with regards to a certain dog character they own the rights to?
    Surely such corporate insubordination warrants a lawsuit from the scientest community? After all, by failing to comply with official records, Disney have
    shown clear contempt and disregard for the findings of respectable scientests on a global scale, and should be found guilty of both fraudulent behavior
    and the deliberate corruption of young cartoon viewers everywhere.
    Love, Agatha. Age 3.

  5. Pluto was demoted when I was in college.
    I was studying biology and took physics but not astronomy or anything so news of it sort of got swept up with o-chem.
    Besides, Brontosaurus mattered more to me (it was NOT a subset of Apatosaurus… and now, it's back!) And tbh domains were much more relevant to what I was studying, having grown up knowing King Phillip… etc, before domains existed.
    But science classifications changing doesn't bother me very much- all it means is we have developed new perspective.

  6. Nope.. we're not over Trump still being president, and we're not over Pluto being demoted.. especially under the arbitrary and undemocratic newly revamped rules under which it was demoted.. 🙂

  7. Mr.Neil,

    what is your take on the scientific discovery that the universe is sentient,

    and has an up and down?

    My research suggests that Dark Matter is God's body, and Dark Energy is his Halo,

    and that the Halo is the main source of the background radiation of the universe.

    God's Halo is "infinite" expelling from him in waves,

    so it could be the cause of the universe expanding.

    As for the universe having an up and down,

    I think that means there is a larger reality outside of the wall of our universe.

    As if perhaps this universe's "god" lives there, perhaps everything in here is technically in gods mind.

  8. "Please write back, but not in cursive, 'cause I can't read in cursive."
    🤷 What the hell is going on in schools, nowadays? Fourth grade is when they taught me how to read and write in cursive, and I knew how to spell the word "scientist."

  9. Neil you're not alone, my eyes leak whenever I think of 9/11. My little girl was in the back seat when the announcer broke in,saying the 2nd plane had hit and it didn't seem accidental…still can hear her ask " why would anybody fly a plane into a building on purpose? She is one of a few kids in that have a memory of that day, she was almost 6. She knew there were bad people but this was a different kind of bad.

  10. Neil,
    I think there is a solution to the Pluto problem. Can you just make it an honorary planet? That should make both sides happy and not cause any other Kuiper Belt problems.

  11. I had to laugh when Neil read that 4th grader's letter asking if people live on Pluto because my 89 year old mother asked me that exact same thing when I told her I had just seen photos of Pluto sent back from space. I found that hilarious. I guess I should be happy she didn't think I was talking about the Disney character.

  12. If I didn't ALREADY love NdGT, seeing him well up about 9/11 and that he answers random fan, and even sometimes critics, letters, is so endearing. (BTW: Neil, I'm an astrologer and even I, forgive you for demoting Pluto.)

  13. How cool is the title “astrophysicist “?!! I allllmost want to go to school long enough to earn that title!! 😆 LoL

  14. Ndt really shouldnt have this interview with the sexual assault allegations in his case it was investigated and cleared up months ago… Also when it comes to this metoo bullshit your not going to change peoples minds we live in an age of she said so he did evidence be damned ..

  15. That kid's letter pretty much summed up the mentality of people who keep bitching about Pluto's demotion. That's a strange kind of 'object permanence' issue, where you no longer believe something to exist when it's 'just a dwarf planet'.

    And, "then all the books will be right"? Oh my stars, that is NOT how science works. (I KNOW, I know that was a letter from a child yet to learn the facts, but great googly moogly, how wrong.)

    Seriously, get over it . I don't hear these Pluto fanboys and fangirls whining about Ceres, nor the objects we've found that are larger than Pluto (**COUGHCOUGH**Eris**COUGHCOUGH**).

  16. 2019  RATINGS as Reported by CNN:  (18-49 demographic)    Colbert's ratings DOWN 27%   Kimmel's ratings DOWN 16%  Fallon's ratings DOWN  33%        Late night CBS ABC NBC viewership COMBINED = 6 Million viewers.  ( Leno used to get 6 million by himself! – Johnny Carson used to get 9!!)

  17. And he did not even ask him anithing on SpaceX what a shame.
    They could have roasted Elon Musk to infinite…wait..we can't go that far…nah nvm let's go all the way.

  18. If we restore Pluto to planet status, then we have to make our moon a planet. Luna is bigger than Pluto. The Earth/Luna would be a binary planet.

  19. Question to Neil…Loosing a Planet because it's too small to call it a Planet..How come that they call rocks with the size of 1 to 2 miles Moons..This because they found out,that Saturn now has more Moons (rocks) then Jupiter,82 to 79…With even a better telescopes they will be able to find another 100 'Moons' more (approx) ,circling around Saturn..Whilst those are even smaller rocks..And what about the 3th Rock from the Sun..Is that a Moon too..?

  20. C'mon Stephen, ask him when Cosmos is going to air! His whole second season is filmed and ready. It was going to air back in March after the investigation was over. Star Talk ended up airing the episodes to finish out its season, but Cosmos never did.
    Someone told me to ask Seth instead. No answers there either.

  21. To the mother who asked her son where he got the idea there was no God, the son should've replied "Where did you get those ideas???!"

  22. "The internet landed in our laps without creating a curriculum the empowers you to know when someone online is full of shit." – Neil deGrasse Tyson

  23. God, when I was a fourth grader I wasn't such a fool. What are they teaching kids this days? Creationism most probably.

  24. Woah The collective groan in the room when Neil suggested the possibility of the whole world becoming one tribe if we can prove Aliens exist.
    is the Red vs BLUE hate ever deep in the USA!

  25. NDT is not a nice man, nor is he particularly bright or a good interview. That he holds the position he does is a complete mystery.

  26. Of course we have proven alien Life exists on other planets The following have visited Earth at some point in our history 10,000 years ago to today that we know of: The Anunnaki, The Peledians, The Greys, The Nordics The Andromidans, and others. One species Bob Lazar claims works at Area 51.

  27. I think it's a beautiful letter
    His experience
    But we are all agents and victims of a culture in decline! 👌🤑
    Hypothetically
    You help military for better or worse that does harm…
    So QQ double standards!
    Not to be cruel but to get you to think on a deeper elevation!
    To get the world to think on a deeper and more creative frequency elevation!
    Still like sex though!👌🙃 I can be creative!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d55zt82gJds

  28. It gives me hope the the most beloved man in America is an atheist that doesn't take sides, just facts. I think it helps redeem the historical stigma of atheism, the biggest growing minority in America, the the largest growing in non-muslim countries. We're going to be okay!

  29. I'm over it. I forgive him. Pluto isn't just Not A Planet, it never was a planet. It should never have been considered one in the first place. And I, personally, am glad that I don't have to memorize the names of the thousands upon thousands of similar objects in the Kuiper belt.

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