Acclaimed American Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Lets Reddit Ask Him Anything

Tyson’s session was quite impressive because he generated over 10,000 comments. Social Times grabbed a few to post here, so you can get an idea of how the session was unconventional but engaging.

Neil deGrasse Tyson is very familiar with space and the universe. The accomplished American astrophysicist spent part of a day earlier this week answering questions online. Surprisingly, the Q&A session wasn’t held on Twitter, Google+ or Facebook but on Reddit.

But Tyson did tweet his AMA (Ask Me Anything) session announcement on Twitter, posting “Just began an AMA session on Reddit. For those who have no clue what that phrase means, continue on with your day.”

Tyson is the Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. He is also the host of the popular science television show on PBS — NOVA scienceNOW. And that’s not all. He hosts a radio talk show, StarTalk Radio, and appears quite often on news programs and talk shows as the “expert on space.”

You can check out Tyson’s Q&A on Reddit, but I doubt you will be able to read all of it. Tyson’s session was quite impressive because he generated over 10,000 comments. Social Times grabbed a few to post here, so you can get an idea of how the session was unconventional but engaging. Tyson told science enthusiasts on Reddit to ask him anything.

MaterOfWomen: If you could add one course to a student’s curriculum, what would it be?

neiltyson: Course title every university should offer: “How to tell when someone else is full of shit”

pneumo: What is your favorite sci-fi movie?

neiltyson: Three-way tie: The Matrix – The first one, of course. Contact. Deep Impact. And classical have: 2001 A Space Odyssey.

h3h: Can we inspire more kids to pursue space-related science and research? If so, how?

neiltyson: Kids are never the problem. They are born scientists. The problem is always the adults. They beat the curiosity out of the kids. They out-number kids. They vote. They wield resources. That’s why my public focus is primarily adults.

Themantis5000: Do you agree with the idea (Carl Sagan was a proponent) that humans should prepare to, one day, forever leave the surly confines of Earth? In other words, should we plan to colonize other planets?

neiltyson: Because it would be fun. And because we will probably learn something new about ourselves and our own planet. But not as a place to escape from an incoming asteroid. For that I’d rather stay on Earth and deflect the damn thing.

imnottouchingyou: What is your favorite fact about the Universe?

neiltyson: That it will never end. That it’s on a one-way trip of expansion. Something that many find to be philosophically unsettling. My view is that if your philosophy is not unsettled daily then you are blind to all the universe has to offer.

jesusismoney: What seemingly far-fetched aspect of science fiction do you think humans will reach first? (For example: Time Travel, lightsabers, invisibility, etc.)

neiltyson: None of it. Not even the costumes.

Fluterrecorderdecool: What are some very interesting DIY science experiments that a person can do as hobby?

neiltyson: There’s no substitute for Oobleck. Easy to concoct in the kitchen. Weeks of amazing experiments on the counter. Google it.