9 Reasons We Want to Give Neil DeGrasse Tyson a Hug

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The Internet loves bad-ass astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Three decades after Carl Sagan’s marvelous and iconic Cosmos: A Personal Voyage debuted, television audiences can now explore the universe anew with America’s most lovable astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson. In his new series, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Tyson takes viewers on a massive quest for knowledge across the universe. Sagan’s original creative collaborators – writer-executive producer Ann Druyan (Sagan’s widow) and astronomer Steven Soter – have teamed with Seth MacFarlane (yes, the Family Guy creator, who bought Sagan’s papers from his estate and donated them to the Library of Congress) to conceive the updated show, which is airing on Fox. (Watch full episodes online here.) Like Sagan, Tyson’s spot-on delivery as host makes his audience want to give science a high-five. As an uber-rational, funny, geeky, and relatable personality, Tyson is adored by viewers of PBS, Fox, and Comedy Central alike. And for that, we give you a giant virtual hug, Neil deGrasse Tyson. Thank you for making so much sense.

1. If Indiana Jones and Morpheus had a baby, he’d be Neil deGrasse Tyson, and you’d totally want him as your dad.

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2. He makes Seth McFarlane look like a super nice guy.

3. He’s got an offbeat sense of style…but always looks put together.

4. He shines a spotlight on the amazing Ann Druyan, widow of Carl Sagan, a producer of the show, and a writer on the original “Cosmos.”

5. He tells it like it is…

6. …and has a great sense of humor.

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7. He says stuff like this…

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8. And this:

You will never find people who truly grasp the cosmic perspective…leading nations into battle. No, that doesn’t happen. When you have a cosmic perspective there’s this little speck called Earth and you say, “You’re going to what? You’re on this side of a line in the sand and you want to kill people for what? Oh, to pull oil out of the ground, what? WHAT?” Not enough people in this world, I think, carry a cosmic perspective with them. It could be life changing.

9. Also — and this is important — he knows how to moonwalk, and encourages other astrophysicists to do the same.

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Meaghan O'Neill is a writer, editor, blogger wrangler, and the founder of Puddingstone Post. She was formerly editor-in-chief of TreeHugger, Discovery Channel online, and TLC's Parentables. Her writing has appeared in numerous print and online publications, and her book, Ready, Set, Green: 8 Weeks to Modern Eco-Living (Villard/Random House) was published in 2008. She lives in Newport, RI with her family.

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