Because "deflate-gate" shouldn't be the only time we intermingle science talk and football, our favorite astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is live-tweeting the Super Bowl with awesome science facts. Don't worry, he talked about deflated footballs, too.
Below is a sampling from the first half. So far, Neil deGrasse Tyson has said nothing about commercials — not a peep about Jurassic World dinosaurs, Fast & Furious 7 car physics, or the artificial sentimentality of some of these insurance ads. The night is young, though!
The @SuperBowl, seen through the lens of an astrophysicist. Starting now.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) February 1, 2015
Odd: "Patriots" derives from the American Revolutionary war against enemy England. Yet they proudly hail from "New" England.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) February 1, 2015
SeaHawk: The predatory Osprey. A @Sikorsky USNavy Helicopter. 1940 Errol Flynn Film. The @UNCWilmington Mascot. An @NFL Team— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) February 1, 2015
Arizona is famous for its holes in the ground. Grand Canyon took millions of years to form. Meteor Crater took a few seconds.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) February 2, 2015
If Gridirons were timelines, w/ BigBang at one goal, then Cavemen to now spans thickness of single turf-blade at other goal.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) February 2, 2015
Slightly underinflated balls are easier to grab & catch, but their aerodynamics are no different from properly inflated balls— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) February 2, 2015
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