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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Compared Kim Kardashian To A Literal Star

Is this a compliment or an insult or what? 

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Kim Kardashian are two names that don't exactly look natural when used in the same sentence, but here we are.

During a conversation with US Weekly, the A-list astrophysicist was asked to compare Kim K to any object in space, because why not, right? His answer was pretty flattering, but maybe a little bit shady, if you really wanted to reach.

"Can I say Betelgeuse?" he replied. "Betelgeuse is big and bold and it's in your face. You can't look in the sky without it calling attention to you."

So is that a good thing? Not necessarily.

"I caution, Betelgeuse is a prime candidate for exploding as a supernova," he continued. "Just to warn you. I don't know how."

I see you Neil, shadily predicting the downfall of Kim Kardashian! But in all seriousness, I'm sure no harm was meant. Tyson - who's the host of National Geographic's Star Talk, where he discusses all things space, science, and pop culture - was probably just having fun.

Even more priceless was his response to the question of whether or not Benedict Cumberbatch is actually an alien (and not just a man with very sharp, perhaps even otherworldly, facial features).

"I think every now and then someone comes along, like Isaac Newton, like Albert Einstein, like Benedict Cumberbatch, where they are far beyond anyone else's talent in what it is they do," he said. "That is the best evidence that aliens are sending us people because they know that we're lagging behind and we need some help to get better actors, better scientists, better whatever. So I count him as definitely an alien."

There, it's been confirmed by one of the sharpest minds of our generation - Benedict Cumberbatch is actually an alien, pass it on. Check out more of Tyson's interview and celeb commentary below.

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