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Which Movie Did Physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Declare The Most Scientifically Inaccurate Space Movie Of All Time?

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Answer: Black Hole

If there’s one thing that ruins a movie, it’s when your own experience and knowledge reveal glaring inaccuracies in the movie. It’s another thing altogether when you’re world-renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Tyson is both a very knowledgeable guy and a huge advocate for scientific accuracy.

When asked by a reporter from TMZ what the most scientifically inaccurate space movie of all time was, Tyson responded passionately and immediately about his vote for the least scientifically accurate space movie of all time:

“The original Disney movie Blackhole… it was embarrassing. Now my issue with it… they not only got none of the physics right about falling into a blackhole, had they gotten it right it would have been a vastly more interesting movie. Somebody must have decided ‘I know better than the scientists about how I should portray the middle of a blackhole.’ They go into the middle of the blackhole and it looks like… like Carlsbad Caverns or something with flames coming out of jets […] It’s like no! You know what would happen? You’d be spaghettified! As you fell into a blackhole the tidal forces of gravity would stretch your body head to toe. You’d snap in the middle, you’d snap again, you’d go from two to four to eight to sixteen pieces; then the fabric of space time would funnel you down into a narrower and narrower strand so that you’d be moving through the fabric of space and time like toothpaste through a tube. There’s a word for that! Spaghettification! […] So, the original Blackhole, one of the worst movies ever.”

Not only would the interior of the black hole not look like a cavern-filled national park folks, you’d be straight up spaghettified.

Image courtesy of Walt Disney Productions.