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14 Things We Can All Appreciate About Neil Degrasse Tyson

When you declare that everyone's favorite underdog planet is no longer a planet, you become a pretty polarizing figure. But Neil Degrasse Tyson really has a lot going for him.

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1. He's not afraid to call people on their bad science: / Via

When he was a guest on The Daily Show, his first order of business was to call Jon Stewart on the fact that the computer generated globe in the show's intro spins the wrong direction.

"Not only are we in the universe, the universe is in us. I don't know of any deeper spiritual feeling than what that brings upon me."


8. He met Superman one time:

I mean, Superman isn't real, but NDT did appeared in issue #14 of Action Comics, where he helped Superman find his home planet of Krypton. That's about as close as most people will ever come to meeting Superman.


Even though he was incorrect:

"The critical mistake Tyson makes is thinking that Mjolnir was forged of the core of a dying star, when it was actually forged in the core of a dying star," says Suveen Mathaudhu, a program manager in the materials science division of the U.S. Army Research Office, adjunct materials science professor at NC State and die-hard comics enthusiast. "It's well documented that the hammer is made out of 'Uru,' a fictional metal from Thor's native realm of Asgard."

"...Mjolnir is made of Uru and weighs precisely 42.3 pounds. "


"You don't think about Michael Jordan the basketball player and say, "Oh, he was just like this other player." No, you don't even say, "He was like this player plus that player divided by two plus this." No. He's Michael Jordan."

14. His most astounding fact about the universe is pretty damn astounding:


"When I look up at the night sky, and I know that – yes, we are part of this universe, we are in this universe – but, perhaps more important than both of those facts, is that the universe is in us."