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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will present a live, multimedia event at Indiana University Auditorium on March 22.

Tyson is the host of National Geographic’s “StarTalk” and Fox’s “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” and the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

In his live events, Tyson guides the ship of imagination to transport audience members to the nucleus of an atom and the farthest reaches of the universe as he explores humanity’s quest for understanding.

Tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, and will be available at IUauditorium.com.

“I’ve put together an engaging multimedia presentation that brings the expanses of modern science directly to audience members. Fans love the Q&A sessions that rival the event itself,” Tyson said.

During past events, he has been asked myriad questions about a variety of topics, including space elevators and parenting advice. “These are family-friendly events,” Tyson said. “I’ll frequently take questions from children, since I’m fascinated with young ones who are interested in science.”

The New York City native is host of the “StarTalk” radio and television shows and the Fox documentary series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” as well as a frequent guest on “The Daily Show.” He also is a New York Times best-selling author of 10 books.

In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Tyson to serve on a commission studying the future of the U.S. aerospace industry, and in 2004 he was appointed to his commission on implementation of United States space exploration policy. Tyson is the recipient of 18 honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award NASA gives to non-government citizens.

For more information on Tyson’s upcoming IU Auditorium engagement and other events during the 2016-17 season, visit IU Auditorium online

WHAT: Neil deGrasse Tyson

WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 22

WHERE: Indiana University Auditorium, 1211 E. Seventh St.

TICKETS: $58.50 to $128.50 for all IU students with a valid student ID and $68.50 to $128.50 for the general public, on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 9. Individual tickets may be purchased online at IUauditorium.com, in person at the IU Auditorium Box Office, as well as through Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000. The IU Auditorium Box Office is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. A limited number of VIP tickets will be available for $253.50, which include specialty seating and a meet-and-greet with Tyson.

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