How Accurate Is Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'? Neil deGrasse Tyson Weighs In

How Accurate Is Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'? Neil deGrasse Tyson Weighs In

Nov 10, 2014

Interstellar

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has a pretty solid career as a scientist, but if things ever go south there, he can always fall back on being a film critic and consultant for sci-fi movies. The man who picked apart Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity for its scientific inaccuracies is back to offer his thoughts on Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar – and he’s pleased with what he sees.

Tyson prefaces his series of tweets by reminding everyone that he’s not a film critic – he’s really just interested in commenting on whether the science used in certain films holds up when compared to reality. Since Nolan hired physicist Kip Thorne as a consultant and executive producer, it seemed like a safe bet that Interstellar would pass some pretty intense scrutiny. Here’s what Neil deGrasse Tyson had to say.

Tyson even shows off a bit of film knowledge when he points out that the movie reprises the matched-rotation docking sequence from Kubrick’s 2001 – “but they spin 100x faster.” Swing by the scientist’s Twitter feed for more of his thoughts, then watch him explain them in person during a recent appearance on CBS This Morning.

[Editor's note: For another scientist's thoughts on the movie, turn to astronomer Phil Plait, who was far harsher on some of the movie's dramatic interpreations of hard science than Tyson.]

And for those who'd like to see the film explained in one image, here are two infographics that do just that. But be warned -- they come with spoilers!

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