Neil deGrasse Tyson sings in autotune in Symphony of Science video

There are few astronomical videos that bring a tear to my eye anymore, but this one did. Neil deGrasse Tyson, you are wonderful.

The latest edition of the Symphony of Science series turns clips of Tyson’s lectures into a song about the solar system. It is profoundly beautiful, for a reason that’s hard to explain. The melody is titled “Onward to the Edge.”

The video also features autotuned verses from scientists Brian Cox and Carolyn Porco.

Symphony of Science is a musical project that aims “to deliver scientific knowledge and philosophy in musical form.”

By the way, there was an earlier Symphony of Science video that also has a similar power. It features uses pieces from Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, The History Channel’s Universe series, Richard Feynman’s 1983 interviews, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s cosmic sermon, and Bill Nye’s Eyes of Nye Series, plus added visuals from The Elegant Universe (NOVA), Stephen Hawking’s Universe, Cosmos, the Powers of 10, and more.

Symphony of Science, we salute you! Your videos are a tribute to great minds of science – to the wonder of this universe in which we find ourselves – and to the power of the medium of music. To quote Carl Sagan:

We are the way the cosmos can know itself … and there is much to be learned.

Bottom line: Don’t miss this Symphony of Science video featuring astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson singing in autotune. The tune is called “Onward to the Edge” and also features physicist Brian Cox and astrophysicist Carolyn Porco. It’s reminiscent of the earlier autotune melody with Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman and Tyson … also available in this post, and also not to be missed.

Deborah Byrd