There are few things more patriotic to Australians than the Southern Cross. Appearing on our national flag and many a tattoo, the Southern Cross has guided travelers, inspired writers and symbolised our national pride.
Shortly after landing down under, the world’s most famous astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has been sharing his thoughts on everything Aussie, from the iconic constellation to our electrical outlets.
The Southern Cross is a tad over-rated: It’s the smallest of all 88 — a fist at arm’s length covers it entirely.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) August 2, 2015
There’s no middle star in the rectangular Southern Cross to anchor the transept. More accurate to call it "Southern Rhombus"— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) August 2, 2015
Maybe I just have an active imagination, but I’m still a bit spooked by the wall outlets in Australia: pic.twitter.com/6g9xUnmETm— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) August 2, 2015
Tickets to An Evening With Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson can be purchased here.
Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and StarTalk air on National Geographic Channel.