Neil deGrasse Tyson Destroyed the Supermoon Hype in a Brutal Twitter Rant
Neil deGrasse Tyson -- the beloved astrophysicist, celestial tie collector, and America's No. 1 space enthusiast -- is not a fan of the supermoon. At least, he thinks the dazzling lunar phenomenon, which lit up the night sky over the weekend, is super overrated. In a series of tweets spanning half an hour on Sunday morning, he brutally schooled everyone on why supermoons aren't very super at all.
Tyson launched into his supermoon smackdown with a seemingly unprovoked tweet in which he claims supermoons are unworthy of their super monicker, and presumably, all the hype and headlines they tend to generate.
FYI: The very concept of a Super Moon is an embarrassment to everything else we call super: Supernova, Supercollider, Superman, Super Mario Bros.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) December 3, 2017
It's a savage critique, especially considering Tyson's authority on all things space. You'd think he would encourage people to take the time to look up to witness and photograph the ever-so-slightly larger pie in the sky like other space enthusiasts as well as the folks at NASA. Then again, you have to admit he makes some damn good points in a handful of subsequent tweets:
If last month’s Full Moon were a 16.0 inch pizza, then this month’s “Super” Moon would be 16.1 inches. I’m just saying.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) December 3, 2017
if a 16.1 inch pizza is “super" to you, compared with a 16.0 inch pizza, then we have an issue of vocabulary..— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) December 3, 2017
Want another?— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) December 3, 2017
This month's “Super Moon” is 1% brighter than last month’s non-Super Moon.
And another?— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) December 3, 2017
For the Super Moon to look big in a picture requires a substantial telephoto lens. Try one with just your smart phone and post it.
Last one…— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) December 3, 2017
The Super Moon will fit easily in the field of view through a simple drinking straw. Try it.
Well, damn. With piping hot tweets like that, it's a good thing the moon is more than 238,000 miles away and surrounded by the vacuum of space.
As you can imagine, Tyson's supermoon reality elicited a mix of confusion, agreement, strong feelings about pizza, and memes:
Neil I can’t decide if you’re adding joy to the world or trying to take it away 🌎 🧐— Dj CUTMAN! (@VideoGameDJ) December 3, 2017
The bottom line: Don't worry, moon. You'll always be a supermoon to us. All you're missing is a cape.