An Astrophysicist Reacts to “Don’t Look Up” « Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers!


Dr. Becky takes a look at the space science scenes in the controversial dark satire film, Don’t Look Up, and teases out the science from the Hollywood razzle-dazzle.

It’s funny that one (of the many things) I thought was pure Hollywood was the astronomical display that the character Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) uses to discover the extinction-level comet (spoiler alert!). Turns out, according to Dr. Becky, minus the fancy touch-screen animation part, the GUI is pretty close to real astronomical software.

Obviously, the plot hole the size of an extinction-level comet is the fact that you couldn’t keep such a discovery to yourself. Lots of other observatories, professional astronomers, and amateurs are looking up, too, and would quickly share their findings.

The most endearing part of the video is when Dr. Becky reacts to the “Don’t Look Up” comet-denying movement in the film. She shares her frustration with current science denial and her enthusiasm for how looking up into the night sky is inspirational and revelatory in numerous ways and how the quest to know the heavens has led to so many essential sci-tech innovations here on Earth.

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