Astronomy
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Group Members: Vusachi, SimplyHolo, and Taayb123

List of Possible Project topics????? leesonma (talk) 22:20, September 3, 2017 (UTC)

Project Topics:

1.) Astrology by going in depth with the history of zodiac signs and how does the position of the planets (sun and the moon also) affect human behavior

been there done that leesonma (talk) 02:46, September 11, 2017 (UTC)


2.) The Life of Neil Degrasse Tyson

probably more interesting leesonma (talk) 02:46, September 11, 2017 (UTC)

3.) Constellations ... please no. That horse has been whipped enough already. leesonma (talk) 02:46, September 11, 2017 (UTC)

4.) Why isn't Pluto considered a planet anymore?

I will cover this in sufficient detail. leesonma (talk) 02:46, September 11, 2017 (UTC)

To Do:

1.) Gather Inforation on the life of Neil deGrasse Tyson that will be disected into 4 categories; such as early life and education, career, achievements, and personal life.

2.) Create a presentation for the project that reflect Tyson's love for astronomy and possess creativity to make it interesting (If decided to do a powerpoint presentation, do not forget index cards for presentation!!)

3) Meet together with group memebers to work on the project presentation over the weekend and perfect the presentation form

4.) Bring completed project to school on Monday, so that will be ready to present.

The Life of Neil deGrasse Tyson (Free Project):

1.) Early Life and Education:

Neil deGrasse Tyson was born on 5 October 1958, in Manhattan, as one of the three children of Cyril deGrasse Tyson, an African American, and Sunchita Marie Tyson, who was of Puerto Rican origins. Neil deGrasse Tyson grew up around the Bronx. His mother was a gerontologist named Sunchita Feliciano Tyson. His father was a sociologist named Cyril deGrasse Tyson. Growing up, Neil deGrasse Tyson went to several public schools in New York City before enrolling at  the Bronx High School of Science from 1972-1976 where there was an emphasis on astrophysics then. Apart from being the captain of their wrestling team, an intelligent and curious boy that was deeply fascinated by astronomy became the editor-in-chief of “Physical Science” which was the school’s paper.He graduated in1976. His love for astronomy began at a young age of nine after his first visit to the Hayden Planetarium. In his teen years, he had an obsession for astronomy, and made his mark on the community of astronomy lovers when he gave lectures when he was just fifteen. So much was his passion for astronomy that even Dr. Carl Sagan of the Cornell University personally sought him out to invite him for undergraduate programs. Neil, however, chose to attend Harvard University where he then had his major in physics while residing at the Currier House. It was in 1980 when he received his Bachelor of Arts in Physics, but during the years in between, he was involved in other activities such as rowing, wrestling, and dancing. He proceeded with his post graduate endeavors at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1983, he earned his Master of Arts in Astronomy. Two years later, he even bagged the gold medal for the dance team of the University of Texas when he entered a national event for International Latin Ballroom. He furthered his education by earning a Master of Philosophy in astrophysics at Columbia University back in 1989. He had his doctorate in Philosophy of astrophysics two years later in 1991. After spending a few years doing post-doctorate work at Princeton University, Tyson landed a job at the Hayden Planetarium in 1996.

“Neil deGrasse Tyson.” Famous Scientists, www.famousscientists.org/neil-degrasse-tyson/. Accessed 15 Sept. 2017.

Biography.com Editors. “Neil deGrasse Tyson.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 21 May 2015, www.biography.com/people/neil-degrasse-tyson-20766239. Accessed 15 Sept. 2017.

Editors, TheFamousPeople.com. “Neil deGrasse Tyson Biography.” Neil DeGrasse Tyson Biography - Childhood, Life Achievements & Timeline, 21 July 2017, www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/neil-degrasse-tyson-5441.php. Accessed 15 Sept. 2017.

2.) Career

He was appointed as a lecturer in astronomy at the University of Maryland in 1986. He remained there only till 1987 and was accepted into Columbia University the next year. After two years of rigorous research he was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy in astrophysics in 1991.His mentor at Columbia University was Professor R. Michael Rich who helped him in obtaining funds to support his doctoral research from NASA and the ARCS foundation. With the help of the funding he attended international meetings in Italy, Switzerland, Chile, and South Africa.He also began writing in the 1990s. He started writing the column, ‘Universe’ for the ‘Natural History’ magazine in 1995 which went on to become very popular. The magazine released a special edition titled ‘City of Stars’ (2002), in which Tyson popularized the term "Manhattanhenge" which describes the two days in a year on which the evening sun aligns with the street grid in Manhattan. Tyson eventually became the director of the Planetarium and worked on an extensive renovation of the facility, from assisting with its design to helping raise the necessary funds. This $210 million project was completed in 2000, and the revamped site offered visitors a cutting-edge look at astronomy. One of Tyson's most controversial decisions at the time was the removal of Pluto from the display of planets. He classified Pluto as a dwarf planet, which invoked a strong response from some visitors. While some asked for the planet Pluto back, the International Astronomical Union followed Tyson's lead in 2006. The organization officially labeled Pluto as a dwarf planet. In addition to his work at the planetarium, Tyson has found other ways of improving the nation's scientific literacy. "One of my goals is to bring the universe down to Earth in a way that further excites the audience to want more," he once said. To this end, Tyson has written several books for the general public, including Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandariesand The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet. He has taken his message to the airwaves as well, serving as the host of PBS's NOVA ScienceNow documentary series from 2006 to 2011. In addition to breaking down barriers between scientists and the general public, Tyson has brought diversity to astrophysics. He is one of the few African Americans in his field. Tyson has also served as a presidential advisor. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed him to a commission on the future of the aerospace industry. He also served another commission three years later to examine U.S. policy on space exploration. President Bush once again appointed him in 2004 to serve on a 9-member commission to the Implementation of the United States Space Exploration Policy. A couple of years later he was appointed by the head of NASA to serve on its Advisory Council. In 2004, he hosted the four-part miniseries ‘Origins’ of the PBS ‘Nova’ series. Along with Donald Goldsmith he co-authored ‘Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution’ as a companion book for the series. He was a speaker at the ‘Beyond Belief: Science, Religion, Reason and Survival’ symposium in November 2006. He became a regular on the series ‘The Universe’, broadcast on ‘The History Chanel’. In 2009, he again collaborated with Donald Goldsmith as the narrator on the documentary ‘400 Years of the Telescope’ which premiered on PBS. These days, Tyson is one of the most in-demand science experts. He gives talks across the country and is a media favorite whenever there is an important science issue making news. Tyson is known for his ability to make difficult concepts accessible to every audience, his oratory skills and his sense of humor, which has led to appearances on such shows as Real Time with Bill Maher, The Colbert Report and The Daily Show. He also hosts his own podcast StarTalk Radio, a science-based talk show that features comedic co-hosts. In 2014, Tyson hosted and was the executive editor of a 13-episode television series entitled COSMOS: A Space-Time Odyssey. The series reboots the classic science documentary, Cosmos. The original version featured Carl Sagan as host and provided a general audience with a greater understanding of the origin of life and our universe. At present he is serving as the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space. He is also a research associate in the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. His Youtube videos are also very popular.

Biography.com Editors. “Neil deGrasse Tyson.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 21 May 2015, www.biography.com/people/neil-degrasse-tyson-20766239. Accessed 15 Sept. 2017.

Editors, TheFamousPeople.com. “Neil deGrasse Tyson Biography.” Neil DeGrasse Tyson Biography - Childhood, Life Achievements & Timeline, 21 July 2017, www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/neil-degrasse-tyson-5441.php. Accessed 15 Sept. 2017.

3.) Achievements

3.) Personal Life

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