The Most Scientifically Accurate Star Wars Movie
January 7, 2018
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In the build up leading to the release of the latest Star Wars movie, connoisseurs of serious science fiction were out in force dismissing the franchise as not even being science fiction at all. On the contrary, the most recent installment turns out to be something quite different. Not only has Wired reported that it is the most intellectual Star Wars movie, but multiple media outlets have run in depth articles breaking down the hard science fiction facts that buttress the action and adventure:
The Verge: That bizarre milk scene from The Last Jedi has a basis in dairy science
The riboflavin reflects greenish wavelengths of light, giving the clear liquid a grassy green hue. Typically, “you don’t see it because it’s masked by the fact that the particles of fat and the particles of protein are reflecting the light back,” Barbano says. “But when you take cow’s milk apart, the base color without the protein and the fat is actually green.
The Smithsonian: The Science of Silence in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’
Seeing Holdo’s bold ramming maneuver play out in silence, then, was satisfying to the scientist in Johnson. Generally, the sci-fi-loving professor just has to grin and bear it as blasterfire and thrusters wail improbably through the near-total vacuum of space. “That’s what it would be like for anybody watching that from afar,” says Johnson. “You watched the ship be there, and then not be there, and Snoke’s ship get cut in half. That is exactly what you would see from a different Star Destroyer.”
Forbes: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Finally Explains The Force
Thanks to the words and imagery in The Last Jedi, we can finally propose a working definition for the Force that’s both comprehensive and concise, scientific yet uses language that everyone can understand.
Star Wars haters, I do believe you owe me an apology!