Neil deGrasse Tyson to speak at UCCS

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Famed astrophysicist and former host of the “Nova Science Now” program will speak at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in April.

neilTickets to hear Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, author of “Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier,” “The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet” and “Death by Black Hole” will speak at 7 p.m.  April 17 for a single presentation, “America’s Past, Present and Future in Space.”

The event will be at the Gallogly Events Center. Seating is limited to 1,200. Tickets for UCCS faculty, staff and students are $2 and will be available beginning Feb. 17 at the University Center, King Soopers are through Tickets West. Tickets for high school students, other colleges and military are also $2. Tickets for everyone else are $7.

Tyson was born and raised in New York City, and earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Columbia University.

His professional interests include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies and the structure of the Milky Way.

Tyson is the recipient of 18 honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given to people outside the government. He even has an asteroid named after him, $13123 Tyson,” And, he was voted the “Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive” by People Magazine in 2000.