Neil deGrasse Tyson Shares His Letters In New Book

  • Published: 08 October 2019
  • Big time movie star and author of 'Letters from an Astrophysicist,' Neil deGrasse Tyson, shares some of the stories behind the letters he included in his new book. #Colbert #NeildeGrasseTyson #Interviews

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  • EmpyreanLightASMR
    EmpyreanLightASMR  3 weeks back

    iirc, Pluto is smaller than the average comet (and in fact a theory is that it may be a trapped comet from the Oort cloud or interstellar). The fact that it is still considered a planet, albeit in a sub-category of dwarf planet, should really appeal to fans of Pluto. As time progresses, and many more planets are discovered (including the mysterious one causing disturbances in our own solar system), more categories will be thought up for planets, like ice giants or gas giants, etc, and eventually Pluto may even have a new home (like dwarf ice planet vs. dwarf rocky planet). And planets that we call "planets" will eventually have to be separated out into their own groups. The word planet is still there. If anything, Pluto should serve as a reminder of how we are furthering our path through space. It was less a demotion and more of a restructuring due to the remarkable progress we have made in interstellar cartography.

    • Seetiyan
      Seetiyan  2 months back

      That kid's letter was heartbreakingly precious!
      Also, at :30 is a rare, rare moment when Neil deGrasse Tyson briefly loses his words. It must've really been emotional for him.

      • kc414
        kc414  2 months back

        2:10 - For those with dark minds

        • Thomas Panto
          Thomas Panto  2 months back

          Today is 13 billion years of evolving Truth. The same ONE TRUTH for billions of galaxies.

          • Boomer Roberts
            Boomer Roberts  2 months back

            "Dear scienTEST" rofl

            • N R
              N R  2 months back

              I've not hand-written anything since I left school.
              Then one of my (10-year-old Chinese) students asked me how they should write a particular letter in English cursive,
              and it was really enjoyable to pick up a pen and write again. To actually physically materialise your own thoughts and pull them into reality in analog with real-time feedback.

              • Akshat Pathrikar
                Akshat Pathrikar  2 months back

                That letter was so cute😂😂😂😂❤❤

                • Aubberfly JM
                  Aubberfly JM  2 months back

                  Well, Neil DeGrasse Tyson looks sorry for how he acted to those women. Unfortunately, his actions were not considered harassing enough to get fired. So his female coworkers still have to endure seeing him in the office. Celebrities and Politicians get away with a lot of sexual harassment. As a normal citizen, I could not get away with half as much as celebs and politicians. I wish it were the same high standard for everyone.

                  • Sleeping Backbone
                    Sleeping Backbone  2 months back

                    Aubberfly JM and you have some proof he *did* harass those women? someone accuses somebody for something and that somebody gets clobbered without proper invastigation...that your way of thinking? this is not middle ages anymore. there's no time for witchhunt. only for knowledge, truth and facts.

                  • BlackEpyon
                    BlackEpyon  2 months back

                    "not considered harassing enough to get fired"
                    In other words, it wasn't harassment. No need to ruin another scientist's career over nothing. We already lost Lawrence Krauss that way.

                • Evan Saber
                  Evan Saber  2 months back

                  Put the controversy aside. This man is a beautiful human that does a great job interpreting the Beauty of reality and openly and carelessly expresses his passions to an ignorantly bred species. We will always be progressing while he is alive. Love you Neil, you’ve made an impact on many and will continue to

                  • Alexander Campbell
                    Alexander Campbell  2 months back

                    Neil de Grasse Tyson AND "Grab Em By The Pulsars"

                    (Why Are Some Men Ruined By Multuple Sexual Allegatuons While Others Seem To Be Impervious?

                    Stephen Used To Have On Charlie Rose A Lot. No More.)

                    • Galaar
                      Galaar  2 months back

                      Neil is still a jerk.

                      • Tough Cookie
                        Tough Cookie  2 months back


                        • Spitfire’s Take
                          Spitfire’s Take  2 months back

                          He came off as a complete jerk

                          • Abdoulie John
                            Abdoulie John  2 months back

                            Trump IS going to nuke the cosmos

                            • Crystal Soulslayer
                              Crystal Soulslayer  2 months back

                              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.

                              • BlackEpyon
                                BlackEpyon  2 months back

                                My Very Evasive Mother Just Showed Us Nothing!

                            • bit Pickup
                              bit Pickup  2 months back

                              Talking to the leading defender of science and no question about fridays for future?

                              your sold ..

                              • Heleve Joergon
                                Heleve Joergon  2 months back

                                The letter from the 4th grader is smarter than my former church pastor.

                                • Heleve Joergon
                                  Heleve Joergon  2 months back

                                  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!

                                  • Social Justice Warrior
                                    Social Justice Warrior  2 months back

                                    @BlackEpyon it is not all that matters to him though, since he explicitly said he does not see himself as an atheist

                                  • BlackEpyon
                                    BlackEpyon  2 months back

                                    @Social Justice Warrior It depends on how one defines "atheist." But he doesn't believe in an invisible sky-daddy from the ancient book of fairy tales, and that's all that might matter to me.

                                  • Social Justice Warrior
                                    Social Justice Warrior  2 months back

                                    he himself made it clear that (according to himself) he sees himself as agnostic, not atheist although many may claim him to be atheist

                                • Optimus Phoenix Prime
                                  Optimus Phoenix Prime  2 months back

                                  Here 🕵️‍♀️

                                  • hpdutra
                                    hpdutra  2 months back

                                    is it my impression or does he have a tremor now? I hope I am wrong

                                    • Rug
                                      Rug  2 months back

                             There's no fuc**** life on Mars. Get over it.

                                      • Indiana1616
                                        Indiana1616  2 months back

                                        Not like little green men, sure, but it seems very likely that bacteria still live on Mars.

                                    • Optimus Phoenix Prime
                                      Optimus Phoenix Prime  2 months back

                                      I think it's a beautiful letter
                                      His experience
                                      But we are all agents and victims of a culture in decline! 👌🤑
                                      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!

                                    • eman297 361
                                      eman297 361  2 months back

                                      Just saying that dumbass fourth grader deserved it lmao

                                      • Pietro Maira
                                        Pietro Maira  2 months back

                                        been waiting to see him back on your show, so happy to see him again! one of you best guests!

                                        • Rob M
                                          Rob M  2 months back

                                          Loved his book astrophysics for people in a hurry

                                          • Austen True
                                            Austen True  2 months back

                                            Listening to him narrate it is just soothing. I listened it on my commutes to work, and no matter how many bad drivers cut me off, I didn’t experience any road rage. It’s like his voice is just perfect for reading bedtime stories, in a really good way. You can easily stay awake and listen to “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” because the content is so fascinating. But he just leaves you feeling very peaceful inside. It’s completely different from listening to his podcast StarTalk where it’s energetic and many people are trying to talk at once. I wish he had more time to narrate more of his books, but they did find someone who does sound close to him to narrate, like “The Pluto Files.” His books are always so enlightening. Like I learned a lot from “Accessory to War”; lots of things I wish I had known when I was enlisted in the Air Force.

                                        • William H. Baird
                                          William H. Baird  2 months back

                                          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.

                                          • William H. Baird
                                            William H. Baird  2 months back

                                            @BlackEpyon Look If you are serious, I can send you some fascinating links (when I have time) But you sound like a skeptic and refuse to open your mind. If not true .... Yes ... I will share some clips.

                                          • BlackEpyon
                                            BlackEpyon  2 months back

                                            @William H. Baird And none of them can present compelling evidence. Anecdote and so-called eye-witness testimony are of little value when people are very capable of lying. Don't be so open minded that your brain falls out.

                                          • William H. Baird
                                            William H. Baird  2 months back

                                            @BlackEpyon If Interested to know the truth, Why not do a little research for yourself and make up your own mind. There are countless insiders who have spoken out about alien government assistance (besides Bob Lazar). .

                                          • BlackEpyon
                                            BlackEpyon  2 months back

                                            Show your work please.

                                        • omi god
                                          omi god  2 months back

                                          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.

                                        • William H. Baird
                                          William H. Baird  2 months back

                                          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!

                                          • MM M
                                            MM M  2 months back

                                            Ahhh Neil you just screwed up astrology!😂😂😂

                                            • José Machorro
                                              José Machorro  2 months back

                                              All religions are lays, exclusive access to God.

                                              • Shokooh Bakhtiari
                                                Shokooh Bakhtiari  2 months back

                                                He is a scientist but he believes in God and Bible... right 🤣

                                                • Social Justice Warrior
                                                  Social Justice Warrior  2 months back

                                                  @alfred delatourquipenche no, he himself made it clear that (according to himself) he sees himself as agnostic, not atheist although many may claim him to be atheist

                                                • Shokooh Bakhtiari
                                                  Shokooh Bakhtiari  2 months back

                                                  @alfred delatourquipenche Hmmm, he is? So I misunderstood him, I thought he is mocking Atheists....
                                                  Also of course they are religions scientist too.

                                                • alfred delatourquipenche
                                                  alfred delatourquipenche  2 months back

                                                  Hmm NdGT is an atheist.
                                                  There are religious scientists.
                                                  You use emojis.

                                              • jelly
                                                jelly  2 months back

                                                I'll never forget deGrasse's sh*tty take (tweet) on mass shooting victims.

                                                • Baxter Powel
                                                  Baxter Powel  2 months back

                                                  Big Man!+1

                                                  • Nahla Aly
                                                    Nahla Aly  2 months back

                                                    Cosmic perspective luminosity, oh my! It rolled off his tongue just like that!

                                                    • therealpixie
                                                      therealpixie  2 months back

                                                      Oh, he's playing "author"; that's why he doesn't have on his vest.

                                                      • Feneco feneco
                                                        Feneco feneco  2 months back

                                                        No,because he's playing professional trustworthy totally-not-a-sexual-molester funny Neil. HELIED

                                                    • MelMars500
                                                      MelMars500  2 months back

                                                      "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

                                                      • tinmuv
                                                        tinmuv  2 months back

                                                        2:13 He did his meme! 😂😂

                                                        • Rodney Lindenmayer
                                                          Rodney Lindenmayer  2 months back

                                                          At 3:39 "…but not in cursive because I can't read cursive." 😆😂🤣 it's quickly becoming a lost art.

                                                          • Mary Rose Kent
                                                            Mary Rose Kent  1 months back

                                                            Sandra Nelson
                                                            Not until after I’m dead—I have a beautiful left-handed cursive (except when I have to sign on one of those Etch-a-Sketch payment gizmos).

                                                          • George Boyajian
                                                            George Boyajian  2 months back

                                                            @Sandriell My natural lazy style of writing is where i dont lift the pen from the paper and so the letters connect in a cursive manner. If i have to focus on lifting the pen and creating an equal space between the letters i would write much slower.

                                                          • Sandriell
                                                            Sandriell  2 months back

                                                            Well, what purpose does it serve other than simply "looking fancy"? And before it is brought up, despite myths to the contrary, it is not any faster to write in cursive for latin-based alphabets.

                                                          • Sandra Nelson
                                                            Sandra Nelson  2 months back

                                                            I'm 56. With really bad hand eye coordination trouble. My teachers went MAD trying to get me to PRINT straight. And then the whole cursive thing started. I tried, oh I tried. But all I could do was a kind of crazed, demented, rabid headless chicken scribble. All over the space between the lines. On the line? Well, I AIMED for the line.

                                                            If I had to, I could read cursive, if the writer was able to write in a clear, legible hand. I don't use cursive, I tend to scrawl in an odd slovenly form of cursive printing. I developed it to take quick notes in school, during classes. I don't even type well. I've taken typing and keyboarding, and I can't get past 15 words a minute.

                                                            I think today's kids are only taught some printing and keyboarding. They won't have those charts all around the classroom, showing how to make a perfect set of cursive letters.

                                                            Can we have a moment of silence, for the demise of the hand written note...

                                                        • Eduardo
                                                          Eduardo  2 months back

                                                          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???!"

                                                          • Echeyde
                                                            Echeyde  2 months back

                                                            Neil looks a bit ill here, hope all is good with him.

                                                            • Dillinger R.
                                                              Dillinger R.  2 months back

                                                              That letter is adorable

                                                              • Michael S
                                                                Michael S  2 months back

                                                                We all love Stephen, but we also love Neil! More Neil on the show!

                                                              • Tiffany Sox
                                                                Tiffany Sox  2 months back


                                                                • Abderrahim Benmoussa
                                                                  Abderrahim Benmoussa  2 months back

                                                                  Fibers are useful though

                                                                  • Cezar Arvelo
                                                                    Cezar Arvelo  2 months back

                                                                    Joe Rogan has left the chat

                                                                    • Jeff S
                                                                      Jeff S  2 months back

                                                                      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.

                                                                      • Sandriell
                                                                        Sandriell  2 months back

                                                                        @BlackEpyon that is all every corporation cares about.

                                                                      • BlackEpyon
                                                                        BlackEpyon  2 months back

                                                                        @Sandriell Who is more evil? Darth Sideous, or Darth Mickey? Seems like all Mickey cares about these days is money.

                                                                      • Sandriell
                                                                        Sandriell  2 months back

                                                                        @john smitty Fox is now owned by Disney (and by extension Disney owns Cosmos now too), and Disney is about to launch Disney+ while they already have Hulu as well. There is absolutely no way Disney would create a Fox branded service to compete with themselves. It is however possible they are saving it for the Disney+ launch, which is in November.

                                                                      • Jeff S
                                                                        Jeff S  2 months back

                                                                        @john smitty - while that does sound entirely credible, it's strange that it won't go to Hulu instead. Seth is putting his Orville on Hulu for S3, and he produces Cosmos. Unless, per the previous contract, it needs to air on Fox since it was going to to begin with. Maybe a possible S3 (S4) would go to Hulu.

                                                                      • john smitty
                                                                        john smitty  2 months back

                                                                        i been asking this question for a while and i recently got a answer that sounds credible.... apparently fox is working on some sort of online tv service similar to netflix, and they are saving cosmos season 2 for when that is ready, because they know of the high demand for it, and think it will cause people to subscribe to the service... from what i heard q1 or q2 2020 it will come out

                                                                    • Alex Pilon
                                                                      Alex Pilon  2 months back

                                                                      See him grab colberts hand? He's just a touchy dude!

                                                                      • Alex Pilon
                                                                        Alex Pilon  2 months back

                                                                        @Sleeping Backbone Thank you!

                                                                      • Sleeping Backbone
                                                                        Sleeping Backbone  2 months back

                                                                        they are very good friends in real life. term you obviously can't grasp...let alone someones hand.

                                                                      • Feneco feneco
                                                                        Feneco feneco  2 months back

                                                                        F UCK U

                                                                    • mistermayonaise
                                                                      mistermayonaise  2 months back

                                                                      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..?

                                                                      • BlackEpyon
                                                                        BlackEpyon  2 months back

                                                                        If it's orbiting another body that isn't a star, it's a moon, whether or not it's massive enough to achieve hydrostatic equilibrium.