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Neil deGrasse Tyson went on a long, gigantic, Interstellar analysis Twitter frenzy last night, and it was quite enjoyable seeing this unfold live.

This is a big deal for two reasons, Tyson is probably the foremost thought of astrophysicists, cosmologists, author, and science communicators in the world. He is currently the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space and a research associate in the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. From 2006 to 2011, he hosted the educational science television show NOVA ScienceNow on PBS and has been a frequent guest on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and Real Time with Bill Maher. Since 2009, he has hosted the weekly radio show Star Talk. In 2014, Tyson hosted Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, an update to Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (1980) television series. Basically, Tyson is one of the few scientists today who also happen to have a huge media presence.

Also, last year, Tyson famously had nothing but bad things to say about the science in Gravity. So, needless to say, what Tyson thinks of Interstellar, is a big deal to most.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson further clarified his opinions on CBS this morning to talk more about the film and mostly had nothing but good things to say about it—especially its portrayal of scientists.“Typically, when there’s a scientist, they’re like wire-haired, lab coat donning, and you don’t care if they’re in love or if they have kids,” Tyson said. “In Interstellar, full family relationships were explored.”

Here's some of his Tweets from last night:

Here is a list of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s comments on Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, each of which are prefixed with “In Interstellar…” (WARNING: potential spoilers for Interstellar follow)

  • Experience Einstein’s Relativity of Time as no other feature film has shown.
  • Experience Einstein’s Curvature of Space as no other feature film has shown.
  • Relativity. Gravity. Quantum. Electrodynamics. Evolution. Each of these theories is true, whether or not you believe in them.
  • And in the real universe, strong gravitational fields measurably slow passage of time relative to others. GPS satellites, located farther from Earth’s center than we are, keep faster time than do our clocks on Earth’s surface. GPS Satellites are pre-corrected for General Relativity, allowing them to beam us the accurate time for Earth’s surface.
  • You enter a 3-Dimensional portal in space. Yes, you can fall in from any direction. Yes, it’s a Worm Hole.
  • The producers knew exactly how, why, & when you’d achieve zero-G in space.
  • You observe great Tidal Waves from great Tidal Forces, of magnitude that orbiting a Black Hole might create
  • All leading characters, including McConaughey, Hathaway, Chastain, & Caine play a scientist or engineer. Of the leading characters (all of whom are scientists or engineers) half are women. Just an FYI.
  • They reprise the matched-rotation docking maneuver from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” but they spin 100x faster.
  • On another planet, around another star, in another part of the galaxy, two guys get into a fist fight.
  • There’s a robot named KIPP. One of the Executive Producers, a physicist, is named Kip. I’m just saying.
  • If you didn’t understand the physics, try Kip Thorne’s highly readable Bbook “The Science of Interstellar”. If you didn’t understand the plot, there is no published book to help you.
  • They explore a planet near a Black Hole. Personally, I’d stay as far the hell away from BlackHoles as I can.

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