Neil DeGrasse Tyson sure has a way with words

Edited together with some gorgeous footage from a variety of sources (ending with an actual Martian sunset!), the astrophysicist’s superbly eloquent answer to “What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the universe?” yields a feast for the eyes, the ears, and the intellect:

(The Most Astounding Fact from Max Schlickenmeyer on Vimeo, via Slate)

I’ll even forgive Neil DeGrasse Tyson for his newfangled (18th century) use of “comprise” as a synonym for “constitute” or “compose.” (Clearly, we already have words that fill that role perfectly well. There was no need to introduce ambiguity and bastardize “comprise” by appropriating it, too!)

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