Outspoken astrophysicist and geek icon Neil deGrasse Tyson will be coming to Connecticut December 1 as part of the Connecticut Forum.

Tyson is the author of numerous books. His most recent is Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier where he is sharply critical of the US government’s budget priorities when it comes to science and space exploration.

That advocacy has made him increasingly popular among science and technology enthusiasts online, especially on the social news website Reddit where he regularly interacts with users. He’s also known for popping up at events like this year’s ComiCon where he debated the merits of starships with Star Trek fans:

In 2004 he was appointed to serve on the “Moon, Mars, and Beyond” commission that looked at future human missions beyond the Space Shuttle. He now sits on NASA’s Advisory Council. He holds a BA in physics from Harvard and a PhD in astrophysics from Columbia. Tyson hosted NOVA ScienceNOW on PBS and is in the process of producing a reboot of the acclaimed documentary series Cosmos that was originally hosted by the late astronomer Carl Sagan.

The December 1st event begins at 8:00 p.m. at the Bushnell in Hartford.  WNPR’s John Dankosky will moderate. Ticket information is available at the Connecticut Forum’s website.

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