Neil DeGrasse Tyson Knocks ‘Chappaquiddick’ For Getting Lunar Phases Wrong

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Neil deGrasse Tyson criticized the “Chappquiddick” movie on Thursday by knocking the producers for messing up the lunar phases.

DeGrasse Tyson has become somewhat infamous for raising petty science-related complaints about pop culture. On Thursday, he apparently decided the best target was “Chappaquiddick,” a movie depicting the tragic death of Mary Jo Kopechne after Ted Kennedy drove his car into a pond and then waited hours to report the incident to police.

The bone deGrasse Tyson had to pick with the “Chappaquiddick” producers had nothing to do with the depiction of Kennedy or any other relevant plot point — his problem was with the lunar phases in 1969.

“Chappaquiddick occurred just 2 days before the first lunar landing,” he tweeted. “So you’d think the Film producers would get the Moon right for July 18, 1969. Kennedy sees it full, but the actual phase was a 4-day old waxing crescent that set long before the midnight tragedy.”

“I’m just saying,” he concluded.

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