If you needed more proof that a simple tweet could be incredibly powerful, look no further. After the astrophysicist tweeted in May about a wish he had, actor LeVar Burton read Goodnight Moon to Neil deGrasse Tyson. And yes, it’s as incredible as it sounds.
If Burton’s name rings a bell, there’s a good chance it’s due to his stint as the host of Reading Rainbow, an educational program on PBS that ran for a few decades. If you grew up in the ’90s, you’re probably pretty familiar with it. Not only did the show emphasize the importance of reading, but it had a theme song that’s just incredibly catchy.
But we digress. Here’s the tweet that Tyson sent out into the world.
We’ve been there. Of course, a lot of people responded to him. But when Burton chimed in, it was extra special. Because this guy knows books.
Unlike some cases where celebrities make plans together publicly on social media, this event actually did take place.
What can we say? We love everything about this. Burton has an incredible voice for reading stories out loud, and Tyson looks so comfortable resting up against him listening to the calming words of Goodnight Moon. Give these two a TV show together, stat.
Of course, Tyson has a question before fully shutting his eyes. Perhaps when the cow says “moo,” they’re really trying to say “moon.” And judging by the look that Burton gives Tyson, that line may have been off the script.
Tyson must have had cows on the brain after getting the story read to him, since he followed up his video announcement with a fun fact.
All in all, we’re happy that these two met up to reiterate the point that reading truly can take you places.