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Watch Neil deGrasse Tyson explain literally everything in the universe in under 8 minutes

Apparently Tyson is capable of explaining even more than "everything under the sun"

Colin Gorenstein
July 23, 2015 12:15AM (UTC)

We knew noted smart dude-astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was capable of explaining everything under the sun. Now, we have it on good authority that he's able to explain literally everything in the universe -- and, in under 8 minutes, to boot.

In a recently uploaded video from MinutePhysics, Tyson attempts -- and largely succeeds at -- explaining how the universe came to be. It's no rushed job either. Remember John Oliver's Fourth of July web-exclusive in which he packed "15 shallow dives" into one minute? Yeah. It's nothing like that.


Tyson manages to offer up some pretty deep dives despite the time constraint -- going all the way back to the beginning of space when it "gurgled into a spongy, foam-like form." (#TBT!)

Wow. Time flies when you're watching a viral video!

Watch the clip courtesy of MinutePhysics below:

Colin Gorenstein

Colin Gorenstein is Salon's assistant editor of internet and viral content. Follow @colingorenstein or email

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