An out of this world event, Cosmic Quandaries, held at The Palladium in St. Petersburg at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26th drew in an audience of nearly 800! With a one in a million chance of meeting one of only 6,000 astrophysicists in the world, audience members were lined up in order to have the opportunity to ask Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson a question on any and all galactic wonders they may have. This is, without a doubt, the most fascinating hour-and-a-half I've spent watching a youtube video.
It was the moat fascinating hour and a half I have ever spent at the Palladium. ;-P I did feel sorry for the poor guy to his left, though.
Yeah if you're a guy interviewing Dr Tyson live on a stage, here's a tip sit outside of his hand range :)
According to certain rumors I have heard, the man who sat to the left of Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson reviewed the talk thusly:
Dr. Tyson is a wonderful speaker. When he talks about astrophysics, you don't just hear some old guy up on the stage mumbling about astrophysics, you see it, and you feel it.
When Neil described a star exploding, I could actually feel debris from that explosion, hitting my arm. When he described a gama ray burst, I could feel gama rays, hitting my arm. And when he talked about active galaxies, I could feel X-rays from those active galaxies hitting my arm.
It was a wonderful talk, and my sore arm will be reminding me of how vivid and wonderful a talk it was for weeks to come.