Neil DeGrasse Tyson Unveils America's Secret Subversive Mission Under a Trump Presidency
Neil deGrasse Tyson, author of Welcome to the Universe and narrator of "Cosmos," wants to take your mind off the election results. But first things first:
"Let me just say, I think we have a four-year mission now," he told "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert.
"I think what we need to do, let us together make America smart again," deGrasse Tyson said, playing off Donald Trump's infamous slogan.
The audience cheered.
"I'm a fan, I'm a fan...I'm a huge fan of rationality and the scientific method," Colbert said in response. "[Tell us] something about the universe, something that you just found out."
DeGrasse Tyson complied. "A billion years ago, two black holes collided. They released as much energy in a 10th of a second as 10 times all the energy radiated by all the stars in the universe at that time. That created a ripple through the fabric of space and time, moving at the speed of light, a gravitational wave."
It's hard not to be inspired by his next sentence:
"There it was, a billion years ago on Earth, our life, our ancestors were single-celled organisms trying to evolve into something more ambitious than microorganisms."