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Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
100 Auditorium Cir, San Antonio, Texas 78205
Neil deGrasse Tyson — Cosmic Collision
The Tobin Center | H-E-B Performance Hall
January 17, 2018 at 7:30PM
Tickets: $50, $76.50, $89.50
VIP Tickets: $250 (VIP includes prime seating and a meet/greet with Neil DeGrasse Tyson)
Tickets at The Tobin Center Box Office, 210-223-8624 and online at tobincenter.org/box-office/2018-01/neil-degrasse-tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson explores and explains all the things that go bump in the night (and in the day). Further exploration expains that yes, the universe wants to kill you… on occasion these collisions, asteroid & comet impacts on Earth, render life extinct. Learn why and how this happens, and what we are doing about it.
Neil deGrasse Tyson was born and raised in New York City where he was educated in the public schools clear through his graduation from the Bronx High School of Science. Tyson went on to earn his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia. Tyson's professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way.
In 2001, Tyson was appointed by President Bush to serve on a 12-member commission that studied the Future of the US Aerospace Industry. The final report was published in 2002 and contained recommendations (for Congress and for the major agencies of the government) that would promote a thriving future of transportation, space exploration, and national security. In 2004, Tyson was once again appointed by President Bush to serve on a 9-member commission on the Implementation of the United States Space Exploration Policy, dubbed the Moon, Mars, and Beyond commission. This group navigated a path by which the new space vision can become a successful part of the American agenda. And in 2006, the head of NASA appointed Tyson to serve on its prestigious Advisory Council, which will help guide NASA through its perennial need to fit its ambitious vision into its restricted budget.
In addition to dozens of professional publications, Dr. Tyson has written, and continues to write for the public. For five seasons, beginning in the fall of 2006, Tyson appeared as the on-camera host of PBS-NOVA's spinoff program NOVA ScienceNOW, which is an accessible look at the frontier of all the science that shapes the understanding of our place in the universe.
During the summer of 2009 Tyson identified a stable of professional standup comedians to assist his effort in bringing science to commercial radio with the NSF-funded pilot program StarTalk. Now also a popular Podcast, and a limited-run Television Series on the National Geographic Channel, StarTalk combines celebrity guests with informative yet playful banter. The target audience is all those people who never thought they would, or could, like science. In its first year on Television it was nominated for a «Best Informational Programming» Emmy.
Tyson is the recipient of twenty honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to a non-government citizen. His contributions to the public appreciation of the cosmos have been recognized by the International Astronomical Union in their official naming of asteroid 13123 Tyson. On the lighter side, Tyson was voted Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive by People Magazine in 2000.
Tyson's latest book, released in May 2017 is Astrophysics for People In A Hurry. This adorably readable book is an introduction to all that you've read, and heard about that's making news in the universe — consummated, in one place, succinctly presented, for people in a hurry.
Tyson is the fifth head of the world-renowned Hayden Planetarium in New York City and the first occupant of its Frederick P. Rose Directorship. He is also a research associate of the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History.