Nerd Battle of the Day: Stephen Colbert and Neil Degrasse Tyson Spar Over the #PlutoFlyBy
As you are no doubt award, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft passed by Pluto July 14, giving us as a species the first opportunity to get a clear view of the far off dwarf planet.
Everyone was excited. Except Neil Degrasse Tyson that is.
Since Stephen Colbert has nothing better to do than plan for the apocalypse and launch a cable access career, he invited the popular astronomer and host of the television show Cosmos to come share in the tenacity of human invention.
Tyson, a long time advocate of demoting Pluto down to its lowly current status as a dwarf planet, had a hard time matching Colbert's enthusiasm for seeing the reaches of our solar system.
"No one has seen this before yesterday," Tyson said in the video of the gorgeous photo that's been making the rounds. "So, that's awesome."
He took the same level of malaise to his Twitter account yesterday as well:
Dear Pluto, Lookin' good. But you're still a Dwarf Planet — get over it. Love, Neil deGrasse Tyson pic.twitter.com/qBBD9feG6e— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) July 15, 2015
Good natured as their discussion was, Tyson goes to some lengths to show how unimpressed he is with the proceedings, even pointing out that the small planet is not even featured on his tie.
Colbert counters by quoting Dante's Inferno and then sharing a Klondike ice cream bar. So, pretty typical.
"It even has a heart," Colbert says to Tyson, referring to what many see as a shape hidden within the terrain of Pluto, "unlike you."
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