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In the world of science and astrophysics, Neil deGrasse Tyson is a superstar (excuse the pun). His academic brilliance and rigour have earned him esteem among his peers. His infectious passion, congeniality and down to earth sense of humour have earned him celebrity status among budding astronomers, citizen scientists and those who like hearing how Hollywood gets space travel all wrong.

Tyson is currently in Australia on a speaking tour during which he will discuss topics such as the protocols of interacting with alien life; religion, politics and science in a “post truth/alternative facts” world; the rules and contenders in a re-launched space race; the threat to our own existence through rapid advances in artificial intelligence; and other prophecies of doom.

But rather than pull his audience into a black hole of gloom, Tyson enthrals them with intriguing details, startling humour and an irrepressible optimism that makes you believe everything is going to be okay because he has a plan.

The event is divided into three segments. Tyson will make a presentation on his own, followed by a fire-side chat with a local media identity and finally a Q&A with the audience. Ticket options also include a limited number of “meet and greet” add-ons which will give holders special access after the show, and also an option to purchase Tyson’s latest book, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.

You don’t need to be a geek or know anything about science, physics or spacey things to enjoy a talk by Neil deGrasse Tyson. He makes the complex simple and fun and the experience totally out of this world!

Jul 29, 7pm. International Convention Centre, 14 Darling Dr, Darling Harbour. $64.75-$369.42. Tickets & Info:

By Rita Bratovich.