Astrophysicist, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, has blown minds this week with his explanation as to why snow doesn't melt when exposed to an open flame.

Is there anything this man doesn't know?

Evidently not.

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Now, DeGrasse Tyson has been fascinating his audiences for years.


In 2015, Tyson, who was already a celebrated figure in the world of physics and astronomy, began hosting the late-night talk show, StarTalk on the National Geographic Channel.

Here, Tyson interviews celebrities and asks them about their life experiences with science.


This show - and the 2014 Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, of course - has instilled an interest and passion in the world of science like no other as well as continuing to inspire people with his TikTok channel, StarTalk.

Of course, his channel is a huge hit.


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On the app, DeGrasse takes the time to answer a whole array of science questions - such as what would happen if a black hole opened up inside your body?

Or would cereal get soggy in outer space?


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The answer is yes, weirdly.

But his latest Q&A has got everyone talking online...


Because he has finally explained why snowballs don't melt under a naked flame.

People are blown away...


Evidently a little baffled by the question, DeGrasse Tyson asked:


"Some of you are trying to do what? You're trying to melt a snowball with a cigarette lighter? No, no, excuse me. You can't and you're having problems?"

"It's not cosmic sorcery - it's called physics."


He goes on to take the temperature of his own homemade snowball before brandishing his lighter.

He then, somewhat unexpectedly, pulls out a potato for comparison.

"Would you take a lighter and try to cook a baked potato that way? No of course not, because that would take too long."

​His point? Well, a snowball is just as much of a solid as a potato is, so, therefore, will take quite some time to melt. 


"Here goes a snowball. The snow is at about twenty degrees, I take this [the lighter] you can hear the flame there and no, it's slowly raising the temperature from twenty to twenty-one, to twenty-two, it's not going to melt until it hits thirty-two degrees and when it does, only then will it melt and I'm not patient enough to wait around for that to happen."

Still confused?


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Well, replying to an equally as confused TikToker, he explained in a second video:

"This lighter is raising the temperature of the ice until it reaches freezing and that takes time because this [holds snowball up] can suck way more energy that this [holds lighter up] is giving it at any one moment. So here it is, it's not going to melt and any little bit that does melt will just get absorbed back up because of capillary action - a little bit of chemistry there for you too."

​"So no, nothing is melting here. Its temperature is rising, eventually it'll melt but I don't have that much patience. I'm not waiting for that to happen. So there, it's not magic, it's physics."


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So, there you have it! Take a look at his videos for yourself above if - like me - you're still scratching your heads.