She told Neil deGrasse Tyson she wants to be a scientist when she grows up. He told her:

“The great thing about being a scientist is you never have to grow up.” 

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is a walking “mind blown” GIF. He’s constantly offering seemingly ordinary bits of scientific wisdom that amazes and inspires us. Last night, he dropped life-changing knowledge on an 8-year-old girl.

Tyson spoke at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, for its annual Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture Series, where he talked about science education and encouraging adults to motivate, instead of force, students to learn.

During a question-and-answer session with the audience, a girl namde Charlotte stepped up to the microphone and announced to the crowd that she wanted to be a scientist when she grew up and asked Tyson what she should study.

Tyson let her in on a little secret.

“The great thing about being a scientist is you never have to grow up,” he responded.

AaronJaco captured the moment during last night’s lecture and posted it to Reddit, where it promptly reached the top of r/pics. It clearly resonated with the audience.

“The cooler thing he said to her was ‘Keep being yourself and don’t let any adults get in the way,'” one attendee wrote.

Charlotte’s mother, Deborah, couldn’t be more thrilled with how the night went. Video of the lecture is apparently in the works.

H/T Reddit | Photo via Imgur

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