Neil deGrasse Tyson to speak in Asheville June; tickets on sale Friday


Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and host of popular science-themed television and radio shows, will speak at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville in June.

Tickets are on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for Tyson’s June 13 appearance at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville, online at and by phone at 800-745-3000.

Ticket prices range from $59.50 to $107.50 (plus applicable fees.) The event is also offering a VIP package in conjunction with The Collider of Asheville. That package includes preferred seating, a pre-show VIP reception with beverages and hors d’oeuvres at The Collider, just down the street from the auditorium (Dr. Tyson will not be present at the reception), an autographed copy of one of Tyson’s bestselling books, and a backstage meet-and-greet with photo op after the show.

Here’s more from the press release:

New York City native Neil deGrasse Tyson is host of the NSF-funded pilot program StarTalk Radio, now also a popular podcast and a limited-run television series on the National Geographic Channel. Tyson also appeared as host for FOX’s “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” and PBS-NOVA’s spinoff program “NOVA ScienceNOW.” Tyson’s professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way.

In addition to dozens of professional publications, Dr. Tyson has written, and continues to write for the public. Two of Tyson’s recent books are the playful and informative Death By Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries, which was a New York Times bestseller, and The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet, chronicling his experience at the center of the controversy over Pluto’s planetary status. The PBS-NOVA documentary, “The Pluto Files,” based on the book, premiered in March 2010. In February 2012, Tyson released his tenth book, Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier which contains every thought he has ever had on the past, present, and future of space exploration.

Tyson is the recipient of 19 honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to a non-government citizen. His contributions to the public appreciation of the cosmos have been recognized by the International Astronomical Union in their official naming of asteroid 13123 Tyson. On the lighter side, Tyson was voted Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive by People Magazine in 2000.

Dr. Tyson is the fifth head of the world-renowned Hayden Planetarium in New York City and the first occupant of its Frederick P. Rose Directorship. He is also a research associate of the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History.
Neil deGrasse Tyson lives in New York City with his wife, a former IT Manager with Bloomberg Financial Markets, and their two kids.

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