Neil DeGrasse Tyson Is Bridging The Science Literacy Gap With Good Humor (And Pointed Tweets)

"A Lunar Eclipse flat-Earther’s have never seen."


As difficult as it may be to believe, there are still people in 2017 who believe the Earth is flat and not a sphere that orbits the sun. In an effort to prove these so-called flat-Earthers wrong, famous astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson shared a photo on November 26 (which HuffPost notes has circulated the Internet in the past) that shows the moon and what looks like the shadow of a flat object partially eclipsing it. The photo is meant to be a depiction of what a lunar eclipse might look like were the Earth actually flat.

"A Lunar Eclipse flat-Earther's have never seen," deGrasse Tyson quipped in the tweet, which you can see below.

With his own brand of tongue-in-cheek humor, deGrasse Tyson, who serves as the director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, expertly re-established a universally accepted scientific fact — a useful skill in 2017. Though humorous, his tweet underscores the importance of scientists and science communicators engaging with the public.

In a day and age where issues such as the shape of the Earth and human-caused climate change are disputed outside of the scientific community — despite consensus within in – skilled (and light-hearted) science communicators help to bridge the gap.

In fact, deGrasse Tyson has become known for making complex science accessible and engaging for people without P.h. Ds. Back in August, he took on the solar eclipse and climate change when he argued those who don't believe climate change exists should have taken issue with the eclipse, the date of which was calculated by scientists speaking "objective truths."


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