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About the Series Hosts

About the Series Host

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Series host Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, respected scientist, author, and director of the Hayden Planetarium in the Rose Center For Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History, has been the acclaimed host of NOVA scienceNOW since the launch of its second season. One of the world's most popular lecturers on astronomy, Tyson is a familiar face to NOVA audiences, having hosted the miniseries Origins (PBS, 2004) and having been a featured scientist in prior episodes of NOVA scienceNOW. Tyson is also a frequent guest on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, where Stephen Colbert gave Tyson the title BFF (Best Friend Physicist) after his fifth appearance on the show.

An astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson was appointed the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium in 1995. His research interests include star formation, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way. Tyson has authored nine books, including his latest, The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet, chronicling his experience at the center of the controversy over Pluto's planetary status.

"NOVA scienceNOW is the only show on television that presents cutting-edge science stories in this exciting and fresh magazine format, and I relish the challenge of making science accessible and relevant to many different audiences," said Tyson.

A graduate of New York City's Bronx High School of Science, Neil Tyson studied physics at Harvard before receiving his doctorate in astrophysics from Columbia University. He has nine honorary doctorates and has received numerous awards, including the 2008 Washburn Award. The International Astronomical Union officially named an asteroid "13123 Tyson" in honor of his contribution to the public awareness of the cosmos. Born and raised in the Big Apple, Tyson now makes his home there with his wife and two children.

How's the Universe Today?

New Yorkers ask Tyson how the universe is today.

Cosmic Office

Take a tour of Tyson's cosmic office and see his stellar collection of space-themed souvenirs.


Tyson shows you his hometown's own version of Stonehenge's magic moment in "Manhattanhenge".