9 Truths About Life From Neil deGrasse Tyson That Will Blow Your Mind
Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York, turns 57 in October. Celebrate one our universe's great minds by testing the limits of yours.
Life is a beautiful process.
Every living thing is a masterpiece, written by nature and edited by evolution.
The greatest mystery of all.
Down there between our legs, it’s like an entertainment complex in the middle of a sewage system. Who designed that?
The universe is in us.
The very atoms of your body—the iron, calcium, phosphorus, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen—were initially forged in long-dead stars. This is why, when you stand outside under a moonless, country sky, you feel some ineffable tugging at your innards. We are star stuff. Keep looking up.
Beware of aliens.
If an alien lands on your front lawn and extends an appendage as a gesture of greeting, toss it an eightball. If the appendage explodes, then the alient was probably made of antimatter. If not, then you can proceed to take it to your leader.