Neil Degrasse Tyson sparks Internet fight with Christmas tweets

Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson joins the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts to discuss defending Earth from potentially catastrophic impacts by meteorites and asteroids, and his critique of the blockbuster space film "Gravity."

Astrophysicist and cosmologist Neil Degrasse Tyson angered many Christians Thursday with a string of Christmas morning tweets about the holiday.

The director of New York's Hayden Planetarium set the stage with a post to his 2.8 million followers:

His message was retweeted over 3,000 times. He then tweeted about "a child born who, by age 30, would transform the world" -- and then wished Isaac Newton a happy birthday.

That message was retweeted over 60,000 times, sparking replies that both cheered and bashed him. He continued, firing off a tweet that questioned both Christmas history and American capitalism.

That was retweeted over 15,000 times and further stoked the Internet flames.

He ended his Christmas message on a lighter note:

Many took issue with his tweets, and lashed out in their replies: