Monday, November 19, 2018
Features and More

Neil deGrasse Tyson's life advice for experiencing the solar eclipse

NEW YORK — Prominent astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has a suggestion for anyone with a view of next week's solar eclipse: Put down your smartphone and take in the phenomenon yourself.

Tyson, who is set to appear at Tampa's Straz Center for the Performing Arts this fall, told an audience at the American Museum of Natural History on Monday: "Experience this one emotionally, psychologically, physically."

The Aug. 21 event will be the first total solar eclipse in 99 years to cross a coast-to-coast swath of the United States. A total solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, completely blotting out the sunlight.

Tyson, the director of the museum's Hayden Planetarium and host of the podcast "StarTalk," said missing the eclipse "would be to not live as full a life as you could have" — and having a video of it doesn't match watching it happen.

LOCALLY: Everything you need to know to experience the eclipse safely in Tampa Bay

"I get it — you want to look at it later. But then you would not have experienced it in the moment," said Tyson, who also has appeared on the CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory."

His remarks resonated with Hanneke Weitering, who's traveling from Brooklyn to Nashville, Tennessee, to watch the eclipse. The 24-year-old marked the date in her calendar as a college undergraduate.

"I've been looking forward to it ever since," she said.

For those unable to buy special glasses to view the sun safely, Tyson, recommends holding a spaghetti strainer to the ground and looking at the images it creates below, like a pinhole camera.

And however one views it, "recognize that, occasionally, things line up in ways that are uncommon or unusual, either in your life experience or for the earth itself," he said.

COLUMN: Coming solar eclipse 'the most spectacular thing you will ever see'

COMING SOON: Neil Degrasse Tyson to speak in Tampa

Comments
‘Green Book’ is the rare Hollywood crowd-pleaser that triumphs on all counts

‘Green Book’ is the rare Hollywood crowd-pleaser that triumphs on all counts

A spirited buddy comedy, road movie, fish-out-of-water fable and accessible social history, Green Book is just that cinematic unicorn.
Updated: 4 hours ago
Me Too founder Tarana Burke will give free talk in Tampa

Me Too founder Tarana Burke will give free talk in Tampa

Tarana Burke, who started the Me Too movement a decade before it was popularized on Twitter, will speak at USF in January.
Updated: 5 hours ago
Winning Recipes will feature sweet treats like these Pecan Pie Bites

Winning Recipes will feature sweet treats like these Pecan Pie Bites

For the past 15 years, Lorraine Stevenski has been part of the recipe contest scene.
Published: 11/19/18

Taste test: Frozen apple pie

A helpful way to get dessert on the table this holiday season.
Published: 11/19/18
So why isn't Blake Casper resting on his laurels and eating Egg McMuffins every morning at one of his 64 McDonalds?

So why isn't Blake Casper resting on his laurels and eating Egg McMuffins every morning at one of his 64 McDonalds?

He is. But he says he has other restaurants to create
Updated: 9 hours ago
Why a salmonella outbreak shouldn't ruin your Thanksgiving

Why a salmonella outbreak shouldn't ruin your Thanksgiving

There's no reason to skip Thanksgiving dinner because of a salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey.
Published: 11/18/18
Violinist Esther Yoo dazzles with Florida Orchestra in Mendelssohn concerto

Violinist Esther Yoo dazzles with Florida Orchestra in Mendelssohn concerto

British influences dominated the Florida Orchestra concert, 'A London Symphony.' A German composer's signature work stole the show.
Published: 11/17/18
Five tips from a pro chef to help you prepare Thanksgiving dinner

Five tips from a pro chef to help you prepare Thanksgiving dinner

Hint: It really helps to do some things in advance.
Updated: 1 hour ago
Winter Village and skating rink return to downtown Tampa

Winter Village and skating rink return to downtown Tampa

Curtis Hixon's Winter Village will return Friday night, offering free skating from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Updated: 7 hours ago
‘Hamilton’ ticket sales brought early morning frenzy to the Straz

‘Hamilton’ ticket sales brought early morning frenzy to the Straz

Customers huddled in the dark before 5 a.m. By 8:30, the number had swelled to 675.
Published: 11/16/18