Born on 5 October 1958 in Manhattan as a middle child with two siblings, Neil deGrasse Tyson grew up around the Bronx. His mother, Sunchita Feliciano Tyson was a gerontologist, and his father, Cyril deGrasse Tyson was a sociologist. Tyson discovered his love for the stars at an early age. When he was nine, he took a trip to the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History where he got his first taste of star-gazing. Tyson later took classes at the Planetarium and got his own telescope. As a teenager, he would watch the skies from the roof of his apartment building.