Prometheus and bad science-Neil deGrasse Tyson

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I guess others, more notable than me obviously, observed some other science issues with the Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, a movie I just tore apart a few hours ago. Neil deGrasse Tyson, this generation’s Carl Sagan, send out that tweet just a few hours after it opened.

Charlize Theron (academy award winning and totally beautiful actress) plays the somewhat villainous Meredith Vickers, the Weyland Corporation employee who monitors the expedition. As Tyson states, a half billion miles gets you to about Jupiter. In fact, 35 light years would be around 210 trillion miles. Yes, trillion. So, the lame writers of the movie are off by 5 orders of magnitude. They should have randomly chosen a number, because it would have been better.

I guess we should ignore it because it’s A) Charlize Theron, and B) Charlize Theron.

Once again, either the writers failed basic science, or they’re ignorant, or they just don’t care. Either way, it’s bad science.


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The Original Skeptical Raptor
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Lifetime lover of science, especially biomedical research. Spent years in academics, business development, research, and traveling the world shilling for Big Pharma. I love sports, mostly college basketball and football, hockey, and baseball. I enjoy great food and intelligent conversation. And a delicious morning coffee!