Neil deGrasse Tyson Star Wars science Scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson Criticizes Star Wars’ Science

Neil deGrasse Tyson recently took to Twitter to express his issues with scientific elements presented within “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Highlights included:

  • While “BB-8”, the new droid character, was exceptionally adorable; its spherical design would have major problems maintaining traction on the sandy terrain of the wasteland planet Jakku.
  • Whether the ships went zooming through the atmosphere of planets like Jakku and Starkiller Base or through the noiseless vacuum of space, the twin ion engines of TIE Fighters produced the same noises.
  • While the franchise’s notion of using a parsec, an obscure astrophysical distance measurement of roughly 3.25 light years, as a gauge of time has been mocked since the debut of the first film trilogy, Tyson mocked its continued incorrect usage.
  • In real physics, the amount of energy needed to power up Starkiller Base’s primary weapon would destroy the Base before it could ever obliterate a star system.

Neil deGrasse Tyson serves as the director of the Hayden Planetarium, hosts an astronomy program on National Geographic Channel, and has previously remarked upon his preference for Star Trek. “The Force Awakens” broke the record for largest North American weekend opening.