Feb 1, 2016

StarTalk Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Returns by Popular Demand

Presented by DPAC, Live Nation and UNC Morehead Planetarium


February 1, 2016 (Durham, NC) – Come see America’s most beloved science evangelist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, when he returns to DPAC on October 20, 2016.  His last show was one of the most well received of the season and sold out quickly.  Fans will be captivated as Tyson shares his insights into modern astrophysics. This performance is brought in partnership by DPAC, Live Nation, and UNC Morehead Planetarium & Science Center.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 5 at 10a.m.:

  • Online at DPACnc.com
  • DPAC Ticket Center: 919.680.2787, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC
  • Ticketmaster.com / Ticketmaster Charge by phone at 800.745.3000

"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.