“Cosmos” Host Neil deGrasse Tyson Coming to UIndy

INDIANAPOLIS — Internationally known astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of the updated Cosmos science television series, will speak Oct. 22 at the University of Indianapolis.
“This Just In: Latest Discoveries in the Universe” is the theme of Tyson’s presentation, which will begin at 7 p.m. in UIndy’s Ransburg Auditorium, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. A question-and-answer session will follow.
Admission is free, but seating is limited. Tickets for the general public will be available starting at 11 a.m. Sept. 9 through the Event Ticketing Center at the auditorium. Tickets may be obtained — two per customer — in person, by phone at (317) 788-3251 or online at www.uindy.edu/ETC (recommended).
On Oct. 22, doors will open at 6 p.m., and any seats unclaimed by 6:45 p.m. will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors unable to obtain seating are invited to view a live video feed in Schwitzer Student Center’s UIndy Hall.
Tyson is director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is a high-tech reboot of the groundbreaking 1980 PBS series that demystified deep science for general audiences and made host Carl Sagan a pop icon.
The event is part of the university’s Blanche E. Penrod Lecture Series and a highlight of Homecoming Week festivities on the UIndy campus. On the previous night, Oct. 21, faculty from the Department of Physics & Earth-Space Sciences will guide visitors in stargazing from the university’s central Smith Mall and from its Noblitt Observatory in Lilly Science Hall, which features 8-inch reflector and 8-inch refractor telescopes.