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Unless you live in a black hole (not recommended/possible), you know who he is, or you at least recognize him. Neil deGrasse Tyson (StarTalk, Death By Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandariesis) is the man you see when astrophysics hits the headlines and it's time to drop some science on national news. On Tuesday, April 14 at 8 p.m., the scientist, author and head of the Hayden Planetarium takes the stage at the Van Duzer Theatre for an evening of astronomical conversation, cosmic wonder and scientific awe ($65, $25 HSU students).

Tyson's enthusiasm and excitement for the marvels of the universe make him a strong advocate for science literacy. With a PhD in astrophysics from Columbia University, a winning smile and a penchant for space-themed neckties, he's the perfect spokesperson for all things out of this world. He takes complex concepts of cosmology and puts them into terms that nearly anyone can understand, lending humor and perspective to intensely scientific material. He adds quirk to the quarks and pleasure to the pulsars.

In space, no one can hear you scream, but down here on Earth we can all hear you kicking yourself for not buying a ticket to this sold-out show. If you're ticketless, you'll have to catch Tyson on his next orbit around CenterArts. In the meantime, you'll have to get your astronomy fix elsewhere, like the Cosmos mini-series on Netflix, the StarTalk podcast on the Nerdist network or by building a scale model of the galaxy out of modeling clay.

— Dev Richards


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