I didn’t know it was going to be on, but I was lucky enough to watch “60 Minutes” this evening and catch a segment on Neil deGrasse Tyson, my favorite astrophysicist and teddy bear. (Yes, yes, I know he’s married.)
Pure enjoyment for this big Tyson fan. Among the anecdotes was one I hadn’t heard before: When Tyson saw the movie Titanic, he noticed immediately that the sky above the ship was wrong. Not only were the stars completely wrong for the date and latitude, they were fake and employed a mirror image. He mentioned it (complained?) to producer James Cameron, who made certain the correct sky appeared in all subsequent releases of the movie.
I can’t embed the “60 Minutes” video, but you can go to the CBS website to watch “Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s one-man mission.” (And don’t miss the related videos listed on the right.) Charlie Rose does the interview, and it’s very worthwhile. As always, Tyson put a tear in my eye, a lump in my throat, and a smile on my face.