Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson: The Cosmic Perspective

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is bringing The Cosmic Perspective to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm.  The show features Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of National Geographic’s “StarTalk,” host of the 2014 documentary series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” and an American astrophysicist, author, Director of the Hayden Planetarium, and a research associate in the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History.

Tyson will speak about science and the cosmos, but also about pop culture, civilization, our country, and our ambitions.  The show features a discussion that is inspiring, informing and humorous.  The event is a family-friendly event that takes frequent questions from the audience, including children, and makes scientific concepts both fun and educational.

Date:
June 15, 2017

Time:
7:30 pm

Tickets:
Tickets range from $49 to $99 and are available online at https://tinyurl.com/zfxn6fa

Address:
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy
Atlanta, GA 30339

What is the cosmic perspective?  Here are a few quotes from a essay written by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson on the subject:

“There are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on any beach, more stars than seconds have passed since Earth formed, more stars than words and sounds ever uttered by all the humans who ever lived.”

“Want to know what we’re made of? Again, the cosmic perspective offers a bigger answer than you might expect. The chemical elements of the universe are forged in the fires of high-mass stars that end their lives in stupendous explosions, enriching their host galaxies with the chemical arsenal of life as we know it. The result? The four most common chemically active elements in the universe—hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, and nitrogen—are the four most common elements of life on Earth. We are not simply in the universe. The universe is in us.”

“Again and again across the centuries, cosmic discoveries have demoted our self-image. Earth was once assumed to be astronomically unique, until astronomers learned that Earth is just another planet orbiting the Sun. Then we presumed the Sun was unique, until we learned that the countless stars of the night sky are suns themselves. Then we presumed our galaxy, the Milky Way, was the entire known universe, until we established that the countless fuzzy things in the sky are other galaxies, dotting the landscape of our known universe.”

“The cosmic perspective flows from fundamental knowledge. But it’s more than just what you know. It’s also about having the wisdom and insight to apply that knowledge to assessing our place in the universe.”

Source:
http://www.haydenplanetarium.org/tyson/read/2007/04/02/the-cosmic-perspective

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