The Mystery That Keeps Neil deGrasse Tyson Up At Night
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The Mystery That Keeps Neil deGrasse Tyson Up At Night


MY FIRST
GUEST TONIGHT IS THE BELOVE THE ASTROPHYSICIST, AUTHOR, AND
DIRECTOR OF THE HAYDEN PLANETARIUM AT THE MUSEUM OF
NATURAL HISTORY. PLEASE WELCOME MY FRIEND, NEIL
DEGRASSE TYSON! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
♪ ♪ ♪ GOOD TO SEE YOU. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: NEIL.>>BEAUTIFUL– I LOVE THE STARS.>>Stephen: JUST FOR YOU, MY
FRIEND, JUST FOR YOU.>>LOVE WHAT YOU’VE DONE WITH
THE PLACE.>>Stephen: THANK YOU VERY
MUCH.>>THANK YOU.>>Stephen: NOW, ON THE OLD
GIG OVER ON THE OTHER NETWORK, UPPER THE GUEST I HAD MORE THAN
ANY OTHER GUEST.>>REALLY?>>Stephen: YEAH– YOU KNOW,
YOU KNOW THAT –>>COULD IT BE THAT I LIVE
NEARBY, SO I WAS A CHEAP DATE?>>Stephen: COULD IT BE WE
MOVED THE STUDIO SOME PLACE CLOSE TO YOU SO WE COULD BE NEAR
YOU, NEIL. I JUST FOUND OUT YOU’RE ALSO–
YOU’RE HOLDING A VAST LEAD ON ANYBODY ELSE ON THIS SHOW. YOU’VE BEEN ON NINE TIMES. NINE TIMES! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
NUMBER TWO. DO YOU KNOW WHO NUMBER TWO IS.>>NO.>>Stephen: JOHN OLIVER.>>IS THAT RIGHT?>>Stephen: SIX.>>OKAY, OKAY.>>Stephen: BUT THANK YOU VERY
MUCH.>>BUT THE UNIVERSE IS VASTER
THAN ANYTHING ELSE IN THE UNIVERSE. ( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: WHAT? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? DON’T PRE-BLOW MY MIND. DON’T PRE-BLOW MY MIND BEFORE
I’M READY FOR IT. WE HAVE TO LOT TO DO HERE.>>THERE’S A LOT IN THE UNIVERSE
TO TALK ABOUT, RELATIVE TO ANYTHING ELSE IN THE UNIVERSE.>>Stephen: FIRST OF ALL,
HAPPY NEW YEAR.>>THANK YOU, HAPPY NEW YEAR TO
YOU.>>Stephen: NOW, DOES THE NEW
YEAR HAVE ANY PARTICULAR ASTRONOMICAL SIGNIFICANCE?>>NO.>>Stephen: WHY NOT?>>NOT, NOT —
>>Stephen: WE’VE GONE AROUND THE SUN ONCE.>>THE PLACE WHERE WE RETURN TO,
THERE’S NOTHING SPECIAL OR INTERESTING ABOUT IT. IT’S A COMPLETELY ARBITRARY SPOT
ON THE CALENDAR THAT WE HAVE CHOSEN TO CELEBRATE THE NEW
YEAR. PLUS IT’S– I THINK IT’S A
LITTLE WEIRD THAT WE ALL CELEBRATE THAT INSTANT THAT THE
BALL DROPS, AND THEN ONE HOUR LATER, THEY CELEBRATE EXACTLY
THE SAME THING, AND THEN AN HOUR LATER, AN HOUR LATER– THEY DO
THAT 24 TIMES AROUND THE WORLD.>>Stephen: I KNOW HOW CLOCKS
WORK, NEIL. ( LAUGHTER ).>>THE WORLD IS NOT CELEBRATING
THE SAME MOMENT. IT’S KIND OF– IT’S ODD TO ME AS
AN ASTROPHYSICIST. BUT THAT’S FINE. IT’S CULTURE. THAT’S HOW WE DO IT.>>Stephen: COULD YOU BE MORE
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON RIGHT NOW? YOU LIVE– YOU LIVE TO SUCK THE
JOY OUT OF OTHER PEOPLE’S TRADITIONS.>>NO, NO.>>Stephen: WHAT DO YOU LOVE? WHAT IS WORTH CELEBRATING? IF IT’S NOT NEW YEAR’S–
>>ALMOST EVERY OTHER HOLIDAY IN THE YEAR HAS SOME ASTRONOMICAL
BASIS. THE CHINESE NEW YEAR, THE JEWISH
NEW YEAR, RAMADAN, EASTER, LENT —
>>Stephen: TOYOTATHON. ALL OF IT!>>ALL OF IT. SATURNALIA. CHRISTMAS —
>>Stephen: WHAT DOES SATURNALIA HAVE?>>SATURNALIA, IT’S BACK IN THE
WINTER IT’S SUN IS GETTING LOWER AND LOWER IN THE SKY EACH DAY
AND WORRY THAT MAYBE IT WILL NEVER COME BACK.>>Stephen: IS SATURN GETTING
HIGHER IN THE SKY?>>NO BUT SATURN IS THE GOD YOU
PLAY TO AND CELEBRATE. SO SATURNALIA EVERYTHING SLIPS,
THE MIDDLE EASTER SERVES THE SLAVES, THE SLAVES GIVE
COMMANDS. IT’S AN INTERESTING ROMAN
TRADITION THAT IS LONG GONE.>>Stephen: ALL RIGHT.>>BUT I’M SAYING IT’S IN THAT
TIME OF THE YEAR WHERE THE SUN IS BASICALLY REBORN, SO IT’S
SOLSTICE CELEBRATIONS. AND CHRISTMAS WAS PUT THERE TO
BE A GOOD PLACE TO SORT OF BRING IN ALL THE PAYING AN WORSHIPERS,
WHO WERE ALREADY CELEBRATING THAT TIME OF YEAR.>>Stephen: AND IT WORKED.>>IT WORK, OH, YEAH.>>Stephen: WE WON. SO 2018, WHAT’S GOT YOU EXCITED
FOR 2018. ( LAUGHTER )
WE WON. WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? WE WON. WHAT’S GOT YOU EXCITED–
>>WAIT, JUST TO BE CLEAR.>>Stephen: OKAY.>>YOU NOT ONLY WON THERE. YOU WON THE CALENDAR RACE, TOO.>>Stephen: HUH?>>THE WORLD’S CALENDAR IS THE
GREGORIAN CALENDAR AFTER POPE GREGORY PUT IN PLACE IN 1582. THE PREVIOUS JULIAN CALENDAR WAS
MESSING UP IN THE YEAR.>>Stephen: IT WAS OFF–
>>BY 10 DAYS! AND THE POPE SAID, “WE’VE GOT TO
FIX THIS.”>>Stephen: THE POPE FIXED IT?>>WELL, POPE, JESUIT
SCIENTISTS, JESUIT PRIESTS WERE THE ACADEMIC ORDER OF THE
CATHOLIC– YOU’RE CATHOLIC. YOU SHOULD BE TEACHING THIS,
OKAY? ( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: I’M AWARE OF MY
RELIGION.>>OKAY! SO THERE’S A VATICAN OBSERVATORY
TO THIS DAY THAT THAT AT THE TIME, BEFORE TELESCOPES WERE
INVENTED, THESE JESUIT PRIESTS WERE PUT INTO THE SERVICE OF
FIGURING OUT WHY THE CALENDAR WAS SHIFTING IN THE YEAR.>>Stephen: AM I CORRECT IN
SAYING THAT IT WAS A CATHOLIC PRIEST WHO FIRST PROPOSED THE
IDEA OF THE BIG BANG?>>YES, GEORGE LEMATRE, THE BIG
BANG ITSELF, USING EINSTEIN’S EQUATIONS. EINSTEIN COULD HAVE DONE IT, BUT
HE DID ENOUGH.>>Stephen: HE WAS BUSY.>>LAID DOWN THE EQUATIONS. OTHER PEOPLE CALCULATED WITH HIS
EQUATIONS AND HE DEDUCED THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE MUST
HAVE START WADE BANG.>>Stephen: OKAY. GOING TO 2018–
>>SO CATHOLICS HAVE BEEN IN THERE IN MULTIPLE —
>>Stephen: YOU DON’T HAVE TO TELL ME.>>OKAY.>>Stephen: I’M TEAM R.C. NOW–
>>TEAM ROMAN CATHOLIC.>>Stephen: YES, OKAY. ( APPLAUSE )
NOW– YOU’RE– YOU’RE WALKING FOOTNOTE, NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON.>>I DIDN’T THINK YOU BROUGHT
PEOPLE WITH YOU ON THAT COMMENT. SO I WAS JUST HELPING IT OUT.>>Stephen: YOU WERE WITH ME. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
OKAY.>>NO, NO, THAT’S NOT HOW YOU
ASK IT. WHO WAS NOT WITH HIM? ( APPLAUSE )
SEE? THERE YOU GO.>>Stephen: I FEEL BETRAYED. ( LAUGHTER )
SO 2018, LET ME GET TO THE SECOND QUESTION OF THE
INTERVIEW. IN 2018, WHAT MYSTERY ARE YOU
MOST INTERESTED IN SCIENCE CRACKING? OR WHAT DO YOU THINK WE ARE
LIKELY TO LEARN THIS YEAR THAT WE’RE CLOSE TO FIGURING OUT?>>IN MY FIELD, THE GOOD THING
ABOUT IT IS, GENERALLY WE MAKE DISCOVERIES WHEN A MISSION IS
LAUNCHED. SO WE– SO WE KNOW WHEN TO BEGIN
TO EXPECT DISCOVERIES.>>Stephen: WHAT’S THE BIG
MISSION REACHING ITS FRUITION.>>THE MISSION NOW IS TO TRY TO
UNDERSTAND DARK MATTER AND DARK ENERGY MORE THAN WE CURRENTLY
DO.>>Stephen: OKAY.>>WE KNOW IT’S THERE, BUT IT’S
A COMPLETE MYSTERY. WE DON’T UNDERSTAND THE ORIGIN
OF 85% OF ALL THE GRAVITY OF THE UNIVERSE. IT’S NOT BLACK HOLES, COMETS,
STARS, PLANETS– IT’S NONE OF THE ABOVE.>>Stephen: SO THE MATH SAYS
THERE SHOULD BE MORE THERE BUT WE CAN’T SEE IT?>>RIGHT, IT’S MISSING GRAVITY
RATHER THAN MISSING MASS– I’M SORRY, IT’S GRAVITY WITH NO
KNOWN SOURCE.>>Stephen: WHICH IS WHAT I
SAID. WHEN IS WHAT I SAID A MOMENT
AGO.>>IT’S DARK GRAVITY.>>Stephen: WOW.>>IS REALLY WHAT IT IS. THEN– THEN THERE’S SOME
MYSTERIOUS PRESSURE IN THE VACUUM OF SPACE.>>Stephen: WHAT DO YOU MEAN?>>WHICH WE CALL DARK ENERGY. BEAUT BUTT WE SHOULD JUST CALL
IT FRED AND WILMA– I JOKE ABOUT THIS. WE DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE. DON’T GIVE IT A NAME THAT MAKES
PEOPLE THINK WE KNOW WHAT IT IS BECAUSE WE DON’T KNOW WHAT IT
IS. IT’S A PRESSURE IN THE VACUUM OF
SPACE FORCING THE UNIVERSE TO ACCELERATE NONETHELESS
EXPANSION. AND I’VE WRITTEN ABOUT THIS
BECAUSE I LOSE SLEEP OVER THIS FACT–
( LAUGHTER ) CAN I SHARE THIS? I DON’T WANT TO BE BLAMED —
>>Stephen: I DON’T KNOW THAT I COULD STOP YOU. ( LAUGHTER ).>>I DON’T WANT TO BE BLAMED IF
YOU CANNOT GET TO SLEEP TONIGHT.>>Stephen: DO IT. I’LL BE OKAY.>>SO THIS DARK ENERGY IN THE
FUTURE WILL RENDER THE UNIVERSE SO LARGE, HAVING ACCELERATED SO
SIGNIFICANTLY, THAT ALL THE GALAXIES OF THE NIGHT SKY WILL
HAVE ACCELERATED BEYOND OUR HORIZON.>>Stephen: WHAT?>>ALL THE GALAXIES ARE THE
SOURCE OF OUR KNOWLEDGE OF COSMOLOGY, OF THE BIG BANG,
EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE COMES TO
US FROM THESE GALAXIES. IF THEY ACCELERATE BEYOND OUR
HORIZON, THE NEXT GENERATION OF COSMIC EXPLORERS WILL ONLY HAVE
THE STARS OF THE MILKY WAY TO THINK ABOUT. AND I– SO, THERE’S AN– THERE
WOULD HAVE BEEN AN ENTIRE CHAPTER OF THE UNIVERSE RIPPED
FROM THEIR VIEW. AND THEY WILL BE TRYING TO
CONTEMPLATE AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE UNIVERSE WITHOUT A
SIGNIFICANT PART OF WHAT ITS PAST WAS. AND SO I LOSE SLEEP WONDERING,
TODAY, WAS THERE SOME PREVIOUS CHAPTER RIPPED FROM THE UNIVERSE
ITSELF? AND HERE WE ARE–
( LAUGHTER ) AND HERE WE ARE, YOU KNOW,
TOUCHING THE ELEPHANT, NOT KNOWING THAT IN FACT THERE’S AN
ELEPHANT STANDING THERE. OR MAYBE THERE’S THE SHADOW OF
THE ELEPHANT, AND THE ELEPHANT HAS BEEN MOVED. WE DON’T KNOW WHAT WE DON’T
KNOW. AND THIS LEAVES ME WEAK AT
NIGHT. I SLIEWZ SLEEP OVER THAT.>>Stephen: I AM NOT GOING TO
GET A WINK. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
THAT’S CRAZY. HOLD ON. WE’VE GOT TO TAKE A BREAK. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH MORE
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON, EVERYBODY.

100 Comments

  • ALCHEMAGNUS

    Still the wrong calendar. Maya had a far more accurate calendar the Baqtun 1,000 years before the other side of the world. They incorporated zero in their mathematics. Other side of the world never did.

  • john smith

    I love that he says'"no we don"t understand it all yet " as opposed to reglious people just throwing their hands up in there air and saying that because we dont understand it it must be a god

  • mattis chastan

    I wish they would do more funny metaphors, though.

    Dark matter : "something broke grandma' bed when jumping on it. That freaking WWII cement & metal beam reinforced bed, on which we could drop a dozen elephants on and don't see it move on inch. And it ain't that 10 pounds little cousin who broke it. So who the fuck has !?"

    Dark energy : "your lamborghini's speed meter is going through the roof, on the freeway. And yet, every other cars, even crappiest ones, are exponentially faster than you, leaving you eating dust. What the fuck is going on here ?!"

    Dark energy pushing away galaxies future generations will not be able to see and study : "Someone is leaving only one spoon of mashed potatoe on the table, for thanksgiving. There will be litterally nothing else to eat, that will be our future generations thanksgiving family meal. We can't allow that! We have to figure out what is stealing all the food!"

    There's so much good (and better) metaphors still to unveil!!

  • James Ennis

    I could just imagine him chilled at night , with nothing on but that tie, getting a gobble off his mot talking about the expanse of the universe.

  • Shawn 1

    Why is it that people think that just because someone is smart, they can't be wrong!? He could tell someone they are a horse & they would probably believe him. Get over it, intelligence doesn't equal infallibility

  • E Dlp

    You cannot be religious if you are a scientist because you begin to question everything. I know because i am an engineer and know about science and when you know about science religion has no place in your life.

  • Vamp Lover

    when intellect talks of religion one becomes enamored with bullshit hypothesis myth and coincidence. When religion talks of intellect then the echo reverberates within the resonating chamber of —- reiteration

  • Christopher Mattia

    Hard to fathom an intelligent guy like Colbert, not only believing in a God but believing in Catholicism.

  • Fyodor48

    Been on nine times, still not said anything interesting . . Repetition. Every year they drop the ball, what’s new?!

  • Angel R. Hogan

    The Jews know a lot more accurate numbers because they knew exactly how many stars there actually were in their time, while the rest of the world were guessing. Later on, scientists discovered that the Jews number was correct. And they were BETTER record keepers than the Romans.

  • Steve plays

    So hes saying some planets and galaxies where in our view from our past and now there gone because the expansion of space.

  • Thomas Aguon

    Lol.. the universe is vaster than anything else in the universe?

    Like the body is vaster than anything else in the body?

    #itsthelittlethingsthatmakeyouthink

  • gzz0831

    He didn’t explain anything or get to the point on anything same old same old it’s all theoretical ask him or any scientist they will admit there’s no proof of all this information cause we haven’t traveled in space yet so we need something to work with until we get that proof. Just like before Columbus made his voyage the Spanish proved to every country men the world was round…..

  • jkirk1626

    Token. Blacks and Hispanics at elite schools have lower standardized test scores than whites and orientals in junior colleges, but we're not supposed to talk about it. It's because of racism, of course.

  • antwalk 777

    He forgets it is all happening in the mind. Taking self from the equation is the biggest mistake only looking outside only raises more questions. Looking inside we see darkness has no beginning or end and is the only truth.

  • Marty Oshinsky

    If civilization ever finds a faster way to travel, will it be able to keep up with the continues acceleration of other galaxies. Everything is not only moving away from each other, the forces of dark gravity will continue to exert it's influence of acceleration.

  • Jesus Eternal Son

    Bismuth takes 100 billion times longer than age of universe to decay so dark matter and dark energy than will take over.

    Mark 9:48
    where "'the worms that eat them do not die, and the fire is not quenched.'

    Find the original book of Enoch and I can explain spiritual realties huh?

    Isaiah 29:8
    as when a hungry person dreams of eating, but awakens hungry still; as when a thirsty person dreams of drinking, but awakens faint and thirsty still. So will it be with the hordes of all the nations that fight against Mount Zion.

    2 Peter 3:

    5But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water.

    7By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

    Habakkuk 2:14
    For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

  • rockerseven

    Actually he's wrong! We celebrate New Years more than 24 times because there's a couple spots in the world that are on a half hour time zone!

  • Sean Martin

    Hey Neil degrasshole Tyson; we can not get Hydrogen Peroxide Engines to produce any thrust in Vacuum chamber tests. Can you let the tax payers know how NASA maneuvers or propels craft in the perfect vacuum of space with todays rocket thrusters / engines? Test after test have proven our math to be correct; all expanding gas "thrust" produced in a vacuum is consumed by the vacuum leaving, zero, zilch. nil, nada, 0, usable energy. Thanks for you time we look forward to your explanation. God Bless America. WWG1WGA

  • Orchid Lilly

    Previous chapter, interesting…something to wonder about, yet gladly unknown, as that chapter is gone and unnecessary for where we are now, yet still an interesting thought.

  • Alister jordan

    thank you universe for Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Elon musk… the two people who inspire me to think beyond money and women…

  • D. S.

    Well for a short while there, those sexual misconduct accusers were what kept him up at night… Good thing he was forgiven of of his sin even if they were just insinuations, he has 1 more chance at freedom, let's hope he doesn't screw it up like R Kelly👨🏿‍🎤 or Epstein 👨‍🦳 did 😂 .

  • Freecheese

    Is everyone getting fat person spandex ad or just me?

    I'm not fat. Someone please let google ads know. Or is it YouTube ads?

  • Iskander Rarus

    "Why is our universe fine-tuned for life?" Brian Greene in HIS talk, also mentions this fact that galaxies are expanding away, and will leave "future astronomers" nothing! since Brian Green supposes that future astronomers will think that OUR universe is an "oasis" with all this darkness and no other galaxies….., But i think, maybe, since we are not the center of cosmos, some other galaxy, on its ever-increasing "flying away", just MIGHT pass by our galaxy, giving future astronomers some perspective on where everything was, is, going to be and that there are in fact other galaxies…

    But my question is: "does all this mean that each galaxy is a relative center, so they are all just flying away into nothing, never to meet other ones? This would mean humanity is in the starting or middle stages of this "fly-away", however, it is also possible that we are in the end of this "fly-away" cycle where all these, now visible galaxies simply popped up beside ours from another dimension? Either way, saying we are in the beginning or middle is just a display of our limited brain, since there is never a beginning, middle or end, it is all happening now, yet it has already ended.

  • Anthony Rhodes

    Theory:
    Dark matter/energy is the final base energy to be discovered. Once it is discovered and measurable there will not be anything left to peel away so to say. Essentially if u find anti dark matter and anti dark energy you create a true void and a glimpse outside our universe

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