Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson received large amounts of hate mail from children after declassifying Pluto as a planet.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson (American English: /dəˈɡræs/, Commonwealth English: /dəˈɡrɑːs/; born October 5, 1958) is an American astrophysicist, planetary scientist, author, and science communicator.

Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City. The center is part of the American Museum of Natural History, where Tyson founded the Department of Astrophysics in 1997 and has been a research associate in the department since 2003.

Tyson studied at Harvard University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Columbia University. From 1991 to 1994, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University. In 1994, he joined the Hayden Planetarium as … Continue Reading (24 minute read)

8 thoughts on “Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson received large amounts of hate mail from children after declassifying Pluto as a planet.”

  1. zukrayz

    I can’t imagine anything I’d like to read more than hate mail from children

  2. peppermintvalet

    You heard about Pluto right? That’s messed up.

  3. BadnewzSHO

    See, kids are stupid. He didn’t declassify Pluto as a planet, that was the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

    Tyson just removed Pluto from the model of the solar system at the Hayden planetarium, where he was the director, and little kids started sending him terroristic threats written in Crayon. They should have been sending them to the IAU instead.

  4. dp2ihs

    Tyson didn’t »declassify« anything. The IAU (International Astronomical Union) redefined what a planet is and what’s not. Pluto didn’t fit the bill. Tyson wrote about it.

    The lession: Don’t shoot the messenger.

  5. flippantcedar

    Pluto is a cold, cold celestial dwarf.

  6. GrumpySquirrel2016

    Sorry that was all me. The nurses and orderlies only let me use crayons …

  7. SoVRuneseeker

    Tbh, im not even sure why it was a planet in the first place- it’s smaller then Russia!
    Pluto surface area: 16.7 Million km²
    Russia: 17.1 Million km²

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