“This Just In: Latest Discoveries in the Universe” will be presented by Tyson at 7 p.m. at Ransburg Auditorium, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.
Free tickets – two per person – are available by calling 788-3251 or visiting www.uindy.edu/ETC. Unclaimed tickets will be available at the door. Those unable to obtain seats can view a live video feed in Schwitzer Student Center.
Tyson is director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” is a high-tech reboot of the groundbreaking 1980 PBS series that demystified deep science for general audiences and made host Carl Sagan a pop icon.
Sagan’s widow and collaborator Ann Druyan and writer-director-actor Seth McFarlane were executive producers of the series, which earned 12 Emmy Award nominations and won in four categories.
The event is part of the university’s Blanche E. Penrod Lecture Series and a highlight of homecoming week festivities.
On Oct. 21 faculty from the department of physics and Earth-space sciences will guide visitors in stargazing from the Smith Mall and the Noblitt Observatory in Lilly Science Hall, which features 8-inch reflector and 8-inch refractor telescopes.