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Neil Degrasse Tyson Dissects The Science of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Star Wars may be one of the most exciting and beloved science-fiction series of all time, but it definitely leans more towards the “fiction” side of things. Countless lists and analyses have been written over the years discussing all the scientific accuracies of the Star Wars films, so it comes as no surprise to discover that famed astrophysicist and cosmologist Niel deGrasse Tyson has noticed a number of holes in the most recent film’s scientific logic.

Recently, Tyson took to Twitter and rapidly posted a number of interesting and humorous observations regarding the shaky science of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Of course, even the biggest scientific neophyte would probably notice that there’s something kind of unbelievable about a planet absorbing the energy of an entire sun, but doesn’t make Tyson’s scientific criticisms any less enjoyable to read. Here are some highlights:

Thanks Neil, now we won’t be able to not notice that on repeat viewings. Still, it sounds like Tyson is still a pretty big BB-8 fan:

Totes Neil, totes. But what’s the deal with TIE fighters?

Makes sense. But the TIE fighter sounds are so iconic, we don’t want a silly thing like science to get in the way!

The First Order really didn’t think that one through.

Also, how did those energy beams reach the Republic planets so fast? That seemed just a bit impossible.

You’re right, 14 parsecs is much more believable.

Cool, thanks Neil!

To be fair, those outfits don’t look like the offer the greatest range of motion. No wonder Finn was in such a hurry to get his off!

(via: Screen Rant)

Nick Steinberg (@Nick_Steinberg)

Nick Steinberg (@Nick_Steinberg)