When a Time magazine reader asked astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to share "the most astounding fact about the Universe," he answered in a video. The vividly illustrated presentation has gone viral, receiving hundreds of thousands of hits.
Tens of thousands of viewers have "liked" the vid on YouTube, where the description underneath includes links to the original interview, along with credits and related resources.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and host since 2006 of the PBS science show NOVA scienceNOW, has published many articles, essays and blogs about astrophysics and cosmology topics, questions and controversies.
According to YouTube user MaxSchlick who uploaded the video, the astrophysicist, long a proponent of the scientific method as the best approach to understanding nature and the universe, concluded:
"For me, that [the fact that all the elements that comprise human beings and Earth trace back billions of years to star explosions that happened shortly (by astronomical reckoning) after the Big Bang] is the most profound revelation of 20th century astrophysics and I look forward to what the 21st century will bring us, given the frontiers that are now unfolding."