Neil deGrasse Tyson Has a Factual Bone to Pick With ‘Chappaquiddick’

Celebrity physicist takes issue with the moon’s portrayal in film

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Apparently, Neil deGrasse Tyson wasn’t exactly over the moon about “Chappaquiddick.”

The celebrity physicist took to Twitter on Thursday to take aim at the film’s accuracy on a very specific — and very Neil deGrasse Tyson — topic.

According to Tyson, the film about the 1969 car accident that left Mary Jo Kopechne dead and felled the late Senator Ted Kennedy’s presidential aspirations didn’t nail it by a long shot when it comes to the lunar phase on the fateful night in question.

“Chappaquiddick occurred just 2 days before the first lunar landing. So you’d think the Film producers would get the Moon right for July 18, 1969,” Tyson began in his Twitter objection.

“Kennedy sees it full, but the actual phase was a 4-day old waxing crescent that set long before the midnight tragedy,” he added.

“I’m just saying,” Tyson concluded.

As one might expect, not everyone was happy with Tyson’s critique.

“Oh my god! Why are you obsessed with stuff like this,” one Twitter user wrote, adding that it “seems like a tiny detail of the movie that probably would be missed by most movie goers & not something that would have an impact on the story.”

To which another commenter countered, “It’s actually quite relevant as it would inform the viewer how much light was in the sky the night of the accident.”

Read on for Tyson’s critique of “Chappaquiddick.”