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Neil deGrasse Tyson's new book aims to teach astrophysics to kids at the speed of light

Because young people are tight on time, too.

Neil deGrasse Tyson "Cosmic Collisions" Lecture

Neil deGrasse Tyson knows young people are in a hurry, but they can still learn astrophysics.

Rick Kern

Neil deGrasse Tyson believes kids can learn astrophysics, too, and he's adapting his time-saving best-seller on the topic to teach them.


The cover of the new book.

Courtesy of W. W. Norton

Tyson's 2017 book Astrophysics for People in a Hurry is being adapted for children as Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry and is scheduled to publish in February 2019, as first reported by Entertainment Weekly. The book will be written with Gregory Mone and published by the Norton Young Readers imprint. 

Norton Young Readers' parent publisher, W.W. Norton & Company, confirmed the book's announcement to CNET. We've also reached out to Tyson and will update if we hear back.

The original book tackled astrophysics in a streamlined style, aiming to explain the complex study in a more casual way. This adaptation will reportedly use color photos and infographics to explain astrophysics concepts to younger readers.

First published June 25 at 9:34 a.m. PT.
Update 11:08 a.m. PT: Adds confirmation from W.W. Norton & Company.