When astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was a boy in the Bronx, he couldn’t see many stars from his rooftop. “On a good night, maybe you could see 14 stars,” he joked during a recent interview with Charlie Rose. It was a visit to New York’s Hayden Planetarium, when he was 9 years old, that turned his life upside down. When he saw the photos of the night sky in the planetarium, he knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up. He said he was “starstuck” by the sky.
When asked what was it that lured him in? Tyson said, “The endless frontier of it all – the vastness of it. The mystery of it.” Charlie Rose’s interview with Tyson will air on 60 Minutes, Sunday, March 22, 7pm on CBS.