Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Fact Checks Gravity
What happens when one of the world’s foremost scientific brains goes to see a George Clooney movie about space?
Dude has some questions.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, who Wikipedia calls an astrophysicist and “science communicator,” and who you may know from his TV appearances with Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher, took to Twitter to point out some irregularities within the film. Using the hashtag “Mysteries of #Gravity,” he went full nerd (and full wet blanket?) by laying out the scientific flaws in Alfonso Cuaron’s celebrated film.
The tweets range from the insightful (what’s a medical doctor doing in space?) to the pedantic (the orbit direction is wrong!) to the condescending (WHY DON’T YOU ENJOY REAL ASTRONAUTS IN REAL SPACE THIS MUCH, YOU COMPLACENT SHEEP!).
Two thoughts. First, I hope deGrasse Tyson never sees my original screenplay, The Lunar Wars! It’s not super well-researched, and I think he’d find some serious flaws in the scene where the hero finally fights the moon. Second, we can not guarantee that Cuaron’s next film will feature a character named “Teil geDrasse Nyson” who dies almost immediately when a piano comically falls on his head.
Check out the gallery below for the full list of deGrasse Tyson’s complaints, and his final, surprising verdict on the film.