Fifteen years later, an astronomer fixes a mistake in the stars that few noticed
Movie inaccuracies can really take you out of the moment when you're watching a film. Now that Titanic is getting a major 3D makeover, one of the film's inaccuracies is getting fixed thanks to the efforts of an eagle-eyed astronomy expert.
In the 1997 blockbuster hit, there is a scene following the sinking of the ship where you can see the stars in the night sky. The alignment of the stars in the movie is historically inaccurate given the moment of the ship's sinking in 1912. That fact was noticed by famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who was bothered enough to send what was described by director James Cameron as "quite a snarky email."
That email was just snarky enough — it moved Cameron to put in the effort to correct the error. According to the filmmaker, "I said 'All right, send me the right stars for the exact time and I'll put it in the movie.'" And that's exactly what Tyson did.
[Image credit: Dhilung Kirat]
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