“Okay to call tonight’s Full Moon “super”, but only if you would call a 13-inch pizza “super” compared with a 12-inch pizza. The perennially hyped name “Super Moon” insults the legacy of Superman, Super Volcanoes, Supernovae, and even Super Mario. FYI: Moon’s orbit around Earth is oval. Distance varies by about 10%. When Moon is Full & “close”, some call it the Super Moon.” ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

Ha! Not only is Neil deGrasse Tyson smart he also packs a sense of (outspoken) attitude. You may recognize the man from his cameo appearance on The Big Bang Theory:

FUN FACTS: Astrophysicist and science communicator Neil DeGrasse Tyson called out Titanic and Prometheus for their astronomical inaccuracies and sketchy science:

That’s right, as Tyson points out, half a billion miles from Earth would only put you just past Jupiter. In reality, a single light year equates to 5.88 trillion miles, not billion. So 35 light years would have put the crew some 205.8 trillion miles away from the Earth. Well past Jupiter, and well outside of our solar system. Yeah, tell that writer what’s what!

Also, a few billion years before that happened; to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ocean liner Titanic on April 15, 1912, James Cameron re-released a 3D presentation version of his epic 1997 film, only he made one noteworthy adjustment, thanks to Tyson — which may impress any continuity buffs or closet astronomers out there. Tyson criticized the point in the film when Rose is lying on the piece of driftwood and staring up at the stars, saying that the star field Rose sees was incorrect:

“Worse than that, it was not only the wrong sky; the left-half of the sky was a mirror reflection of the right-half of the sky! It was not only wrong, it was lazy! And I’m thinking, this is wrong.” ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

And here is how James Cameron addressed Tyson’s criticism:

“All right, you son of a bitch, send me the right stars for the exact time, 4:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, and I’ll put it in the movie.” ~ James Cameron

Perfectionists! You can’t complain with scientific logic though. Astrophysicists need escapism too I guess, so let’s all make sure our calculations are pinpoint accurate.

~ by Fionnlagh on June 23, 2013.

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