Neil deGrasse Tyson will appear at the Saenger Theater Nov. 10 and 11.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson
— whose April 2014 appearance at Tulane University drew enormous crowds — will return to New Orleans for an appearance at the Saenger Theater
Nov. 10 and 11.
Tyson, the head of New York City's Hayden Planetarium, is a bestselling author who last year hosted a remake of the Carl Sagan science series Cosmos
. He's also a frequent guest on talk shows. Tickets ($49.50-$179.50) go on sale Friday, May 15 at 10 a.m. at the Saenger box office and at Ticketmaster
Robert Morris covered Tyson's last New Orleans appearance
Tyson's address — titled "This just in: latest news from the universe" — was presented as a survey of updates on astronomical developments. He discussed and explained the significance of the Mars Curiosity rover that landed last year, for example, the discovery of the subatomic Higgs boson particle long theorized by physicists but never observed until 2012, and progress in the search for habitable planets outside the solar system.
On his Fox television show Cosmos, Tyson often treats his subject matter with reverence, expressing wonder at the scale and beauty of nature and space. In person, Tyson's delivery is less formal, and nearly every cosmic "news item" he shared at Tulane was punctuated by the audience's laughter — most often at the public and mass media's misinterpretation of astronomical phenomena.
That night brought a lunar eclipse that some have nicknamed a "blood moon," the first of four eclipses of the moon this year and next. After explaining that the reddish shade of the moon prior to the eclipse is caused by rays of sunlight that filter through the atmosphere, Tyson noted that some pastors view this event and its ominous name as a sign of the apocalypse.
"Here's the problem. Some people take this literally," Tyson said. "Not people who know how to think."