In other words, the highly quotable astrophysicist has no time for your bullshit.
"When I think of the solar system and the objects in orbit on their paths, I think of them as pirouetting dancers in a cosmic ballet, choreographed by the forces of gravity," he said. "And so, knowing this as an astrophysicist, to recognize that occasionally things line up in ways that are uncommon or unusual either in your life experience or for the earth itself — to deny yourself of that opportunity would be to not live as full of a life as you could have experiencing the natural world around you."
Rao, who has witnessed several solar eclipses throughout his life, offered up some equally strong advice: don't spend the whole time watching the eclipse through your iPhone's camera.
"If you're going to see if for the first time, totality, don't stand outside with your iPhone and look at the eclipse like this," he said, pretending to hold a phone up in the air. "Please, don't do that. Soak it up. Enjoy it. If you want pictures, get someone nearby to send you pictures of the event. This is something to enjoy and take every single second in because, again, every single second is precious in the short time that the eclipse is in totality."
And while Faherty said this doesn't mean you have to leave your phone at home during the eclipse, Tyson explained why you should probably set it down for the few moments of spectacular darkness.
"I get it," he said. "You want to then look at it later, but then you would not have experienced it in the moment with your own eyes looking at the real event. Maybe, like I said, just put down your smartphone. Experience this one emotionally, physiologically, physically, rather than just through the screen."
Sure, you can look at your phone and take as many damn pictures and videos as you want during the eclipse, the panel's advice be damned. They're only some of the world's top experts on the subject, right? Speaking of expertise, Tyson and the panelists provided additional insights on how to truly experience the eclipse throughout the hour-long discussion, which you can watch in full below.