So I was on Stumble Upon earlier and I found this awesome digital interactivity. It’s called The Scale of the Universe and it’s probably the most fun I’ve had all day. I recommended it to all my friends because it’s just that big of a deal! So now you have to check it out!
Whilst stumbling on this Scale of the Universe, I came across a glowing star out of the hundreds and I thought I’d see what it was about. Procyon it was called; the brightest star in the Canis Minor constellation. To the naked eye it appears to be a single star, but it’s actually a binary star. A binary star is a star system consisting of two stars orbiting around their common center of mass. In Procyon’s case, one main sequence star and a faint white dwarf.
Over the next 10 million years, Procyon will grow to 100 times its current diameter and become red. This is a result of Procyon’s hydrogen shift to helium. Our Sun will do the same thing in a couple billion years. Pretty crazy, huh?
Raised in the Bronx of New York City, Tyson attended the Bronx High School of Science (1972-1976). While attending high school, Tyson rose to captain of the wrestling team and was also editor-in-chief of the school’s newspaper.
Tyson had an abiding interest in astronomy, even more so after his visit to the Hayden Planetarium at age nine. Which coincidentally, over forty years later, is where he now works as Frederick P. Rose Director. Tyson has taught at several Universities including Maryland and Princeton. He has written several books on astronomy. He is still going strong after years of working as a researcher in the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History.
Tyson is a renowned astrophysicist and a personal inspiration to me. He wasn’t raised in the best of circumstances, but he made the most of his situation. I’m proud to be able to dedicate this article to him.
Above is a quote of his:
“I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.” – Neil Degrasse Tyson