Gary Miller/FilmMagic
December 28, 2014 02:00 PM

Astrophysicist, prolific Tweeter and Internet favorite Neil deGrasse Tyson had a pretty busy Christmas, which – depending on your level of online and/or social media engagement – you may or may not be aware of.

Let’s recap.

Dec. 25

Those three Tweets appeared in relatively short order on Christmas Day, and the one referencing Isaac Newton became Tyson’s most-retweeted Tweet ever.

Dec. 26

Tyson Tweeted the above on Dec. 26, after the hubbub surrounding his Christmas tweets had reached critical mass.

Dec. 27

Tyson analyzed his Tweet in a lengthy Facebook message he posted the evening of the 26th and Tweeted out the 27th.

“A few facts: My average re-tweet rate falls between 2,500 and 3,500. My fun tweets can go somewhat higher – up to 10,000. My boring tweets barely break 1,000. The Newton Christmas day tweet, as of this writing – a day after posting – is rising through 62,000 re-tweets.”

“I wonder if you are as astonished by this fact as I am. For example, I’ve made direct reference to Jesus in previous tweets that have not come close to this number. How about:”

“Posted September 7, 2014, that one garnered 13,000 re-tweets. So I can honestly say that I don’t understand the breadth and depth of reaction to the Newton tweet, relative to all my other tweets over the years.”

Tyson closed his Facebook post with a winking reference to the controversy: After the New Year, he wrote, “I’ll be Tweeting about Earth’s perihelion [the point at which the planet’s orbit brings it closest to the sun].”

“Just a head’s up in case people want to avert their eyes over that one.”

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