Neil deGrasse Tyson Makes Sure ‘Titanic’ Is Accurate

James Cameron’s epic 1997 movie “Titanic” is about to be re-released and re-packaged in a 3D presentation to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ocean liner on April 15, 1912. Although few changes have been made to the movie itself, there is one tweak that will impress astronomers.

Spurred on by a “snarky” message from astrophysicist and outspoken science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cameron has addressed Tyson’s criticism that the incorrect star field was used during one of the film’s most famous scenes.

"Neil deGrasse Tyson sent me quite a snarky email saying that, at that time of year, in that position in the Atlantic in 1912, when Rose (Kate Winslet) is lying on the piece of driftwood and staring up at the stars, that is not the star field she would have seen," said Cameron.

"And with my reputation as a perfectionist, I should have known that and I should have put the right star field in. So I said ‘All right, send me the right stars for that exact time and I’ll put it in the movie.’"

Tyson did just that and the correct star field has been included in the re-release.

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Image: Neil deGrasse Tyson (left) and James Cameron. Credit: CORBIS

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    Baby, with your new-found love of stars, I thought you might appreciate this.
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    Very cool of James Cameron to take the time to make this change.
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    I don’t give a shit about Titanic, but this is awesome because Neil deGrasse Tyson. And astrophysics.
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