Neil deGrasse Tyson Impressed by Science of Interstellar


Last fall, following the release of Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, astrophysicist and Cosmos-host Neil deGrasse Tyson delivered an epic Twitter rant against the many scientific inaccuracies in the film. With the opening of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar this weekend, he was at it again. But this time, Tyson was clearly more impressed with the scientific basis for the science-fiction feature.

Here is a rundown of his Sunday night tweets. Major spoilers abound:

This morning, Tyson followed up his tweets with some elaborations on CBS This Morning. “Well they’re going through a wormhole to another part of the galaxy, so it’s science fiction,” he told the hosts at the top of the segment. But at the same time, he said was impressed that the film recruited Kip Thorne, a theoretical physicist, to be one of its executive producers.

“A black hole, you fall in and you’re not coming out ever,” Tyson continued. “A wormhole has a lot of the similar physics of a blackhole except it’s a portal to another place in the galaxy. And you can use it, in principle, to travel great distances much faster than if you otherwise, sort of took the detour.”

Asked by host Gayle King if he got “tingly” watching a movie in which the five major characters in the film were all scientists or engineers, Tyson said, “These are my peeps.”

Watch video below, via CBS:

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