Neil deGrasse Tyson to Speak in Bozeman

By NICOLE SMITH/Montana State News

Astrophysicist, cosmologist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson is scheduled to speak at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse on March 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Bronx native Tyson hosts the tv show “Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey” on the National Geographic Channel and is currently the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space. In the past, Tyson has appeared on many shows, such as “CBS This Morning,” “The Colbert Report,” “The Big Bang Theory,” and more, discussing and explaining science.

Carmen McSpadden, director of the MSU Leadership Institute, said, “We seek to bring high-profile, world-renowned experts to Montana State University and Dr. Tyson’s thought-provoking lectures sell out to audiences throughout the country.”

“Our students have worked diligently for the last two years to host Dr. Tyson, and it could not have happened without their efforts, our generous sponsors and students and public who will purchase tickets,” she added.

McSpadden said that without the help of students, this event would not have happened. Tyson’s visit to MSU will certainly spark interest not only with individuals affiliated with the school, but also for the portion of the population with no affiliation to MSU.

Recently it was announced that Tyson will have another show on the National Geographic Channel entitled “Star Talk,” which is currently a radio talk show and covers subjects from the Big Bang theory to space travel. In 2007, Tyson’s book “Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries” was on the New York Times Bestseller list.

Tickets for the event were $10 for students, $25 for the general public or $100 for a VIP pass and meet and greet. They went on sale Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. and sold out by 11:30 a.m. On Jan. 16, Jason Aldean’s Bozeman leg of his “Burn It Down Tour” sold out in two hours and added another show because of the high demand.

– Edited by Ryley Walker

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