McMaster Planetarium – Astronomy in the Movies

Explosions. Spaceships. Aliens. Evil Sith Lords. Explosions. These few words are usually all that is needed to describe Hollywood’s view of astronomy and space science. Yet, there is a lot of interesting, and sometimes surprisingly accurate astronomy and physics that is evident when settling down onto your couch with popcorn and a good Science Fiction flick. Come along to the McCallion Planetarium to learn about astronomy through the eyes of some of our favourite movies. Could Dr. Arroway really have been contacted by alien species through a radio telescope? What is a radio telescope anyway? Would we really need to send a team of astronauts to drill into an asteroid? Are the odds of successfully navigating an asteroid field really 3720 to 1? How would we travel to alien worlds?

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