Neil DeGrasse Tyson Is Coming to Boston

The famed astrophysicist will be speaking at Symphony Hall.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson Photo by NG Studios / Katy Andres

If you’re curious about the cosmos or whether we’re living in a Matrix-like simulation, then you’re going to want to make a trip to Symphony Hall this fall.

Famed astrophysicist and Harvard University alum Neil DeGrasse Tyson will be coming to Boston later this year for a discussion about space. The event, titled Delusions of Space Enthusiasts, will take place on Tuesday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m.

According to the discussion’s online description, Tyson will have an “illustrated talk” that is set to “explore the perennial mismatch between collective expectations of where we should be in space by now and the geopolitical, cultural, and economic realities that limit it.”

Tyson, who is the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City, has quickly become a pop culture phenomenon thanks in part to the success of his documentary series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. The 2014 show, which was produced by Seth MacFarlane, was a follow-up to Carl Sagan’s popular 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.

Way before he became one of the scientific communities’ biggest personalities, Tyson spent some time in the Boston area while earning his bachelor’s degree in physics at Harvard, although he doesn’t like to brag about being a former Crimson.

Tickets to the event range from $49 to $200 and will go on sale Friday, May 6. For more information, check out