The Colbert Report

Season 4 Episode 85

Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Aired Weekdays 11:30 PM Jun 25, 2008 on Comedy Central
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Tonight Stephen welcomes astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium, Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Also, Stephen talks with architecture critic and author of Up from Zero: Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York, Paul Goldberger.

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      • Stephen: What is dark matter? Because I don't see the color of matter. What is dark matter as opposed to matter? What's the difference?
        Neil deGrasse Tyson: One of our segments I'm with physicists who are looking for dark matter. Dark matter…85% of the gravity of the universe is attributable to something about which we are dumb stupid.
        Stephen: Wow, that's double not smart. So 85% of what's out there we can't see, we don't know what it is…why do we think it's there then?
        Neil: Because we see the effect of it's gravity on everything else.
        Stephen: Maybe the 15% we do know about is just 85% heavier than we think. (Neil sits back, a little stunned) Because if it's only the gravity….Did I just blow your mind!?
        Neil: You were good.
        Stephen: Nobel Prize please!

      • Stephen: Just like Elvis, there is widespread belief among his fans that John McCain is still alive.

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