Astrophysics in Asheville: Neil deGrasse Tyson to talk at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium


JUNE 13, 2017 AT 7:30 P.M.


(May, 5 2017 – Asheville, N.C.):  Astrophysicist and New York Times bestselling author Neil deGrasse Tyson will present “An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies” in Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Tuesday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the U.S. Cellular Center box office, online at, and by phone at 800-745-3000. Ticket prices range $59.50 to $107.50 plus applicable fees.

“An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies” is, in Tyson’s own words, “a fun intersection of science and culture.” From Star Wars to Frozen to The Martian, Dr. Tyson provides an entertaining and enlightening review of all the science that the world’s favorite movies attempted and got wrong, combined with some of the stuff they got right. This engrossing examination incorporates the latest films as well as some well-beloved classics.

New York City native Neil deGrasse Tyson is host of the NSF-funded pilot program StarTalk Radio, now also a popular podcast and a limited-run television series on the National Geographic Channel. Tyson also appeared as host for FOX’s “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” and PBS-NOVA’s spinoff program “NOVA ScienceNOW.” Tyson’s professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way.

Tyson is the recipient of 19 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.

Dr. 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.

Neil deGrasse Tyson lives in New York City with his wife, a former IT Manager with Bloomberg Financial Markets, and their two kids.



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