Neil deGrasse Tyson

StarTalk Astrophysicist Returns by Popular Demand

Presented in partnership with UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

"Neil deGrasse Tyson has become America’s science teacher. We turn to him to explain science because he can take on the important topics of the day and address them in a way that educates, enlightens and entertains. Seeing him in person is a delight. If you like science, you’ll love Neil,” said Todd Boyette, Director of the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

For five seasons, Tyson appeared as the on-camera host of 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 assembled a cadre 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.

Tyson is the recipient of nineteen 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.

Recently he served as Executive Editor and on camera host & narrator for Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, the 21st century reboot of Carl Sagan's landmark television series. The show began in March 2014 and won four Emmy® Awards, a Peabody Award, two Critics Choice awards, as well as a dozen other industry recognitions.

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.


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Thu, Oct 20, 2016 • 7:30 PM


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Age Restriction

Please note that all guests require a ticket, regardless of age. Children under the age of 6 are not allowed at this performance. Children must be able to sit quietly in their own seat without disturbing other guests.

Camera Policy

Photography and Video Recording is prohibited. All electronic devices (cell phones, smart phones, tablets, digital cameras) must be turned off before entering the seating area. Cameras with detachable lens are not allowed into the building.

Doors Open

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Event Schedule

6:30pm- Looby Doors & Seating Area Opens
7:30pm- Performance Begins

*Please note all times are approximate and subject to change without notice.

Video Screens

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VIP Package

The VIP package includes a premium seat, a commemorative poster, access to a private pre-show lounge and a photo with Dr. Tyson. Further details will be emailed closer to show date.


Safety First Bag Check

For your safety, all guests and their bags are subject to inspection before entry. This inspection may include the use of metal detectors. Restricted items include, but are not limited to, Alcohol, Cameras, Glass Bottles, and Weapons of any kind. In addition, we will also now restrict backpacks and any oversized bags larger than 12 inches by 12 inches x 10 inches (about the size of a standard milk crate). Safety first is our goal. Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback at [email protected] 

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