Sandra Bullock in Gravity

Astronomer Points out what Gravity got Wrong

Don’t hate Neil deGrasse Tyson for pointing out where multiple Oscar winning film Gravity departs from the physics. The American astronomer argues that he’s a fan of the film and that its special effects got most things spectacularly right.

One of the most poetic moments in the film sees a weightless teardrop floating in mid-air, but Tyson explains that the real physics of surface-tension in microgravity is even more interesting (as demonstrated by astronaut Chris Hadfield), in that tears will tend to adhere to the face, rather than float freely.

*** SPOILER ALERT from about 1:40 ***

 

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