Exclusive - Neil deGrasse Tyson Extended Interview Pt. 1

  • Aired:  03/06/13
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In this exclusive, unedited interview, "Space Chronicles" author Neil deGrasse Tyson shares the science behind asteroid detection. (6:18)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK TO THE SHOW.

MY GUEST TONIGHT SAID HE'S AN ASTRO PHYSICIST AND THE DIRECTOR OF HAIDEN PLANETARIUM AT THE MUSEUM OF

NATURAL HISTORY IN NEW YORK.

HE SAID THIS IS HIS BOOK NOW OUT IN PAPERBACK.

I TEND TO BELIEVE HIM.

PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO THE SHOW NEIL.

DEGRASSE TYSON.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

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>> Jon: THEY LOVE THE SCIENCE.

>> YOU GOTTA LOVE THE SCIENCE.

>> Jon: ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SAY TO ME.

MAYBE IN THE FORM OF AN APOLOGY OR --

>> I NOTICED YOUR NEW OPEN.

>> Jon: WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT IN TERMS OF IT ACCURACY, IN TERMS OF EFFICACY.

>> IT WAS CHEAP AS ALL GET OUT BUT EARTH WAS SPINNING THE CORRECT DIRECTION EXCEPT

A LITTLE TOO FAST.

ANY PEOPLE ON IT WOULD HAVE FLUNG OFF.

OTHER THAN THAT THE GLOBE IS FINE.

WE'RE COOL.

WE'RE COOL.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> Jon: WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO SATISFY YOU?

I GET IT IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND THE SPEED IS OFF!

[LAUGHTER]

DAMN YOU AND YOUR CHRONICLES OF FATE.

>> ALL YOU HAD TO DO WAS REVERSE THE VIDEO.

WHAT IS SO HARD ABOUT THAT?

[LAUGHTER]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

I'M JUST SAYIN, YOU KNOW?

>> Jon: I NEED MAKE A PHONECALL.

[ LAUGHTER ]

DON'T -- WOULDN'T ALL THE WORDS BE REVERSED.

>> WELL,.

>> Jon: BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL ATTACHED.

WE CAN'T SEPARATE.

YOU CAN'T DO IT.

IT'S ALL ATTACHED.

>> I DON'T BELIEVE THAT.

>> Jon: YOU A MAN OF SCIENCE NOT WIZARDRY, SCIENCE.

>> HERE IS SOMETHING INTERESTING.

>> Jon: LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION.

>> SURE.

>> Jon: WHY ARE THE ASTEROIDS TRYING TO KILLING US -- TRYING TO KILL US?

>> THE UNIVERSE HAS ALWAYS TRIED TO KILL US.

>> Jon: WHY ARE THEY GETTING CLOSER?

>> WE'RE NOTICING MORE AND WE'RE LIVING ON MORE OF THE SURFACE.

>> Jon: THE MORE WE EXPAND THE POPULATION.

THE METEORS HAVE BEEN HITTING US FOR YEARS BUT SOMETIMES IN UNPOPULATED AREAS.

>> MOST OF WHICH THE SURFACE OF THE EARTH IS.

>> Jon: WHEN YOU SAY IT LIKE THAT IT MAKES ME SOUND SILLY.

[LAUGHTER]

>> THINK OF IT THE AREA OF PACIFIC.

NOBODY LIVES THERE.

AND CANADA -- NORTHERN CANADA.

[LAUGHTER]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

NORTHERN CANADA.

MOST OF SIBERIA.

>> Jon: DO YOU HAVEY IDEA WHAT YOU UNLEASHED.

THE PAIN YOU BROUGHT UPON US ALL.

SEND YOUR LETTERS TO BRIAN WILLIAMS, NBC.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> HERE IS SOMETHING INTERESTING.

SOME OF THOSE WHO WAS GONE UNNOTICED EXCEPT IN THE LAST 10-15 YEARS THERE ARE SENSORS TO MONITOR NUCLEAR

BLASTS AND THE NUCLEAR BLAST HAS THE SAME SONIC SIGNATURE IN THE ATMOSPHERE AS A

METEOR STRIKE SO NOW WE CAN FIND THEM IN UNPOPULATED AREAS.

>> Jon: I NOTICED IN THE RUSSIAN ONE THEY HAVE DASHBOARD CAME RANCH I WANT ONE.

IT'S GREAT FOR ALIEN ABDUCTIONS, YOU KNOW?

RIGHT?

>> Jon: IT'S NOT TO SAY WHAT THE FIELD PAYS BUT I WOULD THINK YOU COULD AFFORD

A DASHBOARD CAMERA.

YOU ARE A MAN OF SCIENCE OR GO TO RADIO SHACK AND BUILD ONE.

>> IT'S DATA.

>> Jon: DO YOU HAVE A DRONE?

>> I'M NOT AUTHORIZED TO --

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: WHAT WAS THAT?

[LAUGHTER]

WAS THAT A GLANCE OF PEOPLE AT THE SNRAB.

>> I MAY OCCASIONALLY DRONE MYSELF BUT I DO NOT ONLY A DRONE.

>> Jon: SO NO DRONE.

DO YOU NOT HAVE A DRONE.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST -- WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL BE THE BIGGEST THREAT TO MAN'S EXISTENCE ON THIS PLANET?

DO YOU BELIEVE IT WILL BE ONE OF THOSE ASTEROID EVENTS OR IS THERE SOMETHING ELSE

YOU'VE BEEN COOKING UP?

A PATH AGAIN, SOMETHING AT THE PLAN PLANETARIUM THAT YOU THINK -- WHERE DO YOU THINK

THIS GOES?

>> MY PEOPLE HAVE ASTRO FIZZPHYSICISTS, OKAY?

>> Jon: WHO BY THE WAY HAVE SUFFERED PREJUDICE FOR TOO LONG.

SHOUTS OF NERD!

>> MY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TELLING THE WORLD ABOUT THE THREAT OF ASTEROIDS FOR 30 YEARS.

ONCE WE IDENTIFIED THE CRATER THAT WAS WHAT TOOK OUT DINOSAURS AT THE TIP.

>> Jon: LAND -- THE.

>> THE YUCATAN PENINSULA OF AMERICA COAX THERE'S A CRATER FOUND BY PEOPLE

DRILLING FOR OIL.

THEY ARE LOOKING FOR GRAPHATIONAL ANOMALIES.

THEY FOUND A RIDGE A PERFECT CIRCLE 100 MILES IN DIAMETER.

THE DATE WHERE THAT CAME FROM, YOU LOOK AT THE RECORDS THEY WENT EXTIJT 65 MILLION YEARS AGO.

THERE'S THE SMOKING GUN.

>> Jon: THIS IS CORRELATION CAUSATION.

IT WAS LIKE WHAT WAS THAT SOUND AND THEY TURNED AND RAN TO THE SAME TREE?

I DON'T KNOW.

I'M JUST SAYING IS IT NECESSARILY THAT IT CAUSED IT.

>> POSSIBLE BUT UNLIKELY.

THAT THEY --

>> Jon: SO YOUR SAYING THERE'S A CHANCE.

>> THAT ALL DINOSAURS RAN INTO A TREE AND DIED AND RAN THEMSELVES EXSTINGT.

NO LAW OF PHYSICS PREVENTS THAT BUT IT'S UNLIKELY.

THAT BURSTS OF STUDY OF CLIMATE SCIENCE.

>> Jon: WHEN YOU SAY IT LIKE THAT IT MAKES ME FEEL STUPID.

>> I DON'T MEAN.

>> Jon: CAN YOU STICK AROUND -- FOR REAL.

STICK AROUND AND TELL ME EXACTLY WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN.

>> I CAN SO DO THAT.

>> Jon: SPACE CHRONICLES.

GET A HOLD OF IT.

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