Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, a natural at explaining complicated science in layman terms, appeared on Moyers & Company to speak about the expanding, accelerating universe, dark matter and his revival of the popular 1980s series Cosmos. Below are some highlight clips from the episode. Tyson joins Bill this weekend on the show for part two of their three-part conversation.
On the New Cosmos Series
In this clip, Tyson talks about the appeal of the original Cosmos and what we can expect in the new series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, which will begin airing in the spring.
Why We Should’t Feel Small in the Universe
Tyson shares why, when he looks up at the night sky, he feels large and connected to the universe.
On Understanding Our Universe’s Vastness
The decades-old McDonald’s hamburger counter is used as a tool to comprehend the number of stars in the universe.
Defining Dark Matter (Which Isn’t Really Matter)
Scientists don’t know what is causing the universe to accelerate, and it remains the biggest unsolved problem in astrophysics, Tyson says.
How the Universe Will End
Turns out the end will not be anything near what we once expected.
Watch the entire first part of Bill’s interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson »