10 Cool Things About Neil deGrasse Tyson


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Knows What he Looks Like at 85 Percent the Speed of Light
Is this the hardest-working astrophysicist? NDT is shown in another promotional shot for 'Cosmos.' FOX via Getty Images

OK, so you thought Tyson's stint as the "bad---" Internet meme was funny? In 2014, his daughter, who was 18 at the time, put the interview that served as the meme inspiration into slow motion -- a move Tyson called "simultaneously disturbing and hilarious" when he shared it with his Twitter followers.

Then the Twitterverse got even better. Tyson tweeted that has "geek daughter" had completed some calculations and determined the slo-mo is what he would look like when moving at 85 percent the speed of light [source: Malow].

Author's Note: 10 Cool Things About Neil deGrasse Tyson

We know Neil deGrasse Tyson is a big fan, but perhaps Sir Isaac Newton isn't the only greatest astrophysicist in history. Tyson could very well take the honors, at least in a popularity contest. After all, his 1.9 million (and growing) Twitter followers can't be wrong.

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