Neil deGrasse Tyson

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    March 26, 2014

    Cheap Laughs: The Best in Independent Comedy This Week, 3/26 - 4/1

    This week in Cheap Laughs, we hang out in bookstores, right a historic wrong done to Staten Island, brag abut Brooklyn's best live talk show, and hear tall tales about the very worst topic known to man: cheating. Here are our picks for independently produced New York comedy worth your time over the ... More >>

  • Film

    December 4, 2013
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    October 8, 2013

    10 Things the CBGB Movie Got Wrong

    The CBGB biopic is out this week, and with it, the collective sound of every living old punk groaning. As we wrote in the review, this thing is a real stinker--a mostly turgid, boring-as-hell, campy slog. There's a lot the film misses, but that's forgivable, we suppose: It's hard to wrap up that muc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    What's Manhattanhenge? Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains

    Manhattanhenge! Where the demons dwell/Where the banshees live, and they do live well ... Yes, it's that time of year again. Time to sing the traditional songs, prepare the traditional libations--Manhattanhenge is upon us.

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Manhattanhenge, the NYC Solstice, Strikes Today

    Manhattanhenge has arrived--the day of the year when the cosmos miraculously aligns with the grid plan. At sunset (around 8:15 p.m.), the sun will set on rows of streets like a pinball queuing up for play, with half the orb sitting on top of the street horizon and the other half beneath. Neil deG ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Happy Manhattanhenge! Tonight's Sunset Will Align With Manhattan's Street Grid

    Happy Manhattanhenge! So what the hell is Manhattanhenge, you might ask? On May 29 and July 12 every year, the sunset lines up with Manhattan's street grid which, as the Hayden Planetarium puts it, simultaneously illuminates "both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough."

  • Film

    January 18, 2012
  • Voice Choices

    September 7, 2011


    Eugene Mirman has the formula for fun

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Neil deGrasse Tyson: Making Physics Fun

    New obsession: Neil deGrasse Tyson. Tyson is the director of the Hayden Planetarium, hosts the StarTalk Radio Show, and came up with the term Manhattanhenge. He's the type of guy you long to have as a science professor, because, even if you're pretty sure you won't do well in the class, you'll at l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Manhattanhenge, Tonight and Tomorrow!

    Sahadeva​Tonight and tomorrow night at sunset comes that magical twice-a-year moment when the sun sets in exact alignment with the Manhattan grid. Neil deGrasse Tyson coined the term "Manhattanhenge" to describe this rare occurrence. He writes, "the setting sun aligns precisely with the Manhat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Was the Space Shuttle Program a Success?

    ​Each week, Death by Science sends out an all-points bulletin for the latest science and technology news, tracks it down and beats a confession out of it. This week, we wake up, rub the sleep out of our eyes, roll over in bed and ask the Space Shuttle, "So, now what?" (We had sex with the Sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Manhattanhenge, Slightly Different, Happening Again Tonight

    Hayden Planetarium​Manhattanhenge -- the awesome phenomenon in which the sun aligns with Manhattan's grid -- is happening again tonight. Same time, same place, slight difference. Last night, half of the sun's face was cut off by the horizon line, but tonight the whole circumference will be vis ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011
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    February 18, 2011

    What Would Planets Look Like If They Orbited Earth as Close as the Moon? [VIDEO]

    There's a full moon tonight, which means ERs will be crowded, tides will be amplified and stark naked men will awake tomorrow in London's Hyde Park, wondering why blood is dripping from their chins. When you look up at the sky tonight, try to imagine what it would look like if, say, Jupiter or Neptu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    Coming This Weekend: Manhattanhenge!

    Sahadeva​Something special is happening this Sunday. Per Neil deGrasse Tyson, who coined the phrase "Manhattanhenge," what you're about to see if you stick around is "one of only two occasions when the Sun sets in exact alignment with the Manhattan grid, fully illuminating every single cross-s ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 11, 2010


    Passion Pit spin you into the cosmos

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    April 1, 2008
  • News

    April 16, 2002

    Brothers to Another Planet

    NASA Tries to Launch Space-Science Dreams