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Posted on August 02, 2022

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Legendary astrophysicist and storyteller @NeilTyson (Twitter)/@neildegrassetyson (Instagram) returns to @KimmelCC (Twitter)/@KimmelCulturalCampus (Facebook/Instagram) on 6/23! More info, visit


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SEPTEMBER 23, 2022


In An Astrophysicist Goes To The Movies – II, journey with Dr. Tyson through film & TV blockbusters, discussing the science along the way


New book, Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization, debuts September 20


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, August 2, 2022) –– The Kimmel Cultural Campus presents the world-renowned icon, Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, on Friday, September 23, 2022, at Verizon Hall at 7:30 p.m.


His new lecture, An Astrophysicist Goes To The Movies – II, which derived from a set of thirty films and shows, including The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and The Lion King, offers an entertaining and enlightening review of all the science that our favorite movies got wrong, combined with some of the science they got right. An Astrophysicist Goes To The Movies II incorporates the latest blockbusters as well as some classics that you may not have known had any science in them at all.


“An academic and an artist, Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson is a recognizable ‘cool’ scientist, someone the public trusts to bring insightful commentary and a distinctive style to explanations,” said Frances Egler, senior director of programming and presentations on the Kimmel Cultural Campus. “This one-night-only event takes audiences into the mind of Tyson, and even gives superfans the opportunity to interact with him courtesy of a special VIP meet and greet post show.”


Dr. Tyson is an astrophysicist and the author of the best-selling Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, among other books. Dr. Tyson is also the host and co-founder of the Emmy nominated popular podcast, Star Talk –which combines science, humor, and pop culture – and the spinoff, Star Talk Sports Edition. He is a recipient of 21 honorary doctorates, including one from University of Pennsylvania, and the Public Welfare Medal from the National Academy of Sciences and the Distinguished Public Service Medal from NASA. Dr. Tyson’s new book, Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization, is set to be released on September 20, 2022.


Tyson is the fifth head of the world-renowned Hayden Planetarium in New York City and the first occupant of its Frederick P. Rose Directorship. He is also a research associate of the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History.


To learn more about Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson career, visit his website at


Other featured upcoming performances on the Kimmel Cultural Campus include Zakir Khan Live (September 2, 2022, Miller Theater); Whitney Cummings: Touch Me Tour (September 9, 2022, Miller Theater); Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets: The Echoes Tour (September 23, 2022, Miller Theater); Wheel of Fortune Live! (October 6, 2022, Academy of Music); Daniel Howell: We’re All Doomed! (October 20, 2022, Miller Theater) and “Weird Al” Yankovic: The Unfortunate Return of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour (October 28, 2022, Miller Theater).  



Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999 or online at  In-person ticket sales can be conducted daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Academy of Music Box Office, located at 240 S. Broad Street. See for more information. 


Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Kimmel Cultural Campus’ Verizon Hall

September 23, 2022, 7:30 p.m.


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