In case you were wondering, famed astrophysicists such as Neil deGrasse Tyson can sing with a little help, courtesy of autotune.
The latest edition of the Symphony of Science series turns clips of Tyson's lectures into a song about the solar system. The melody, titled "Onward to the Edge," also features autotuned verses from scientists Brian Cox and Carolyn Porco.
Symphony of Science is a musical project that aims "to deliver scientific knowledge and philosophy in musical form."
Tyson has long been a proponent of music -- blues is reportedly among his favorite. And in a 2006 interview with Jazz Times, he draws a somewhat poetic correlation between a symphony and the composition of the solar system:
[In space,] not only can no one hear you scream, no one can hear you play music either. So the music has to be all in your head as you see the planets undergoing their stately journeys around the sun. Not only do planets move around the sun, the sun, among other stars, moves around the galaxy, galaxies move in the universe. So it is quite a symphony or one might even call it a ballet, choreographed by the forces of gravity.
It turns out this isn't Tyson's first autotuned performance.
In a 2009 NOVA scienceNOW segment, the astrophysicist interviews Andy Hildebrand, the creator of autotune software, and both work together to create a slightly more harmonious melody of Tyon's singing, Scientific American points out.
Watch the clip above to view the rather entertaining ballad.