Professor Brian Schmidt AC and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Photo by Stuart Hay.

Professor Brian Schmidt AC and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Photo by Stuart Hay.

Science, CubeSats and alien life

It's not often a scientist gets compared to a rock star but that's a daily occurrence for Neil deGrasse Tyson.

As one of the most prominent astrophysicists and science communicators in the world, Tyson has amassed a huge personal following through his engaging, down-to-earth style.

Since 1996, Tyson has been the Director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City and has helped life the profile of astrophysics through TV shows, podcasts and government link-ups.

While at ANU a couple of months ago, Tyson spoke to long-time friend, ANU astrophysicist and Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt about research breakthroughs, aliens and encouraging the next generation of scientists.

Watch the full interview below.