One of the worlds coolest astrophysicists, Neil deGrasse Tyson, is making a habit of schooling Hollywood on their scientific inaccuracies.
The Cosmos host has made a name for himself as a big movie buzz kill in the best possible way. Back in 2013 Tyson sent a well known email to James Cameron, one Cameron referred to as ‘snarky’, in regards to some glaring astronomical inaccuracies in the pivotal post-sinking death scene in Titanic. While Cameron was a bit put off, his nature to create perfected films lead him to get the accurate information from Tyson and corrected the mistake for the 3D re-release of the film. Then recently Tyson tweeted about the scientific inaccuracies of the recent film Gravity, which inspired quite the buzz, so much so that he joined the YouTube series Cinema Sins in a breakdown of everything wrong with the movie.
While Gravity had its sins, it still isn’t the worst display of scientific inaccuracy in film history. Brace yourselves kids, according to Neil deGrasse Tyson that honor goes to The Black Hole. I know, childhood fantasies blown. The Harvard and Columbia educated astrophysicist (that means he knows what he’s talking about) answered the question posed to him by TMZ without hesitation, as though he had already given the subject some thought. If you’ve seen the film, imagine it now with the physics described here by Tyson.
Of course, Disney has never been well known for scientific accuracy, and a film in which catastrophic terror could occur is not really in their wheelhouse.
Tyson has become one of the most outspoken voices pushing for better science education across the country, and his recent stint on Fox remaking the series made famous by fellow astrophysicist and cosmologist Carl Sagan is the defining example of what Tyson hopes to do. Calling out entertainers like Jon Stewart, whose opening sequence contained an image of Earth spinning the wrong direction, is a call to all of us that the facts of the universe around us are important.