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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Fact-Checked The New 'Star Wars' Movie

And fans were quick to accuse him of ruining the fun.

22/12/2015 11:06 AM AEDT | Updated December 22, 2015 11:06

While Neil deGrasse Tyson admits that the new droid in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is "waaaaay cuter" than R2-D2, he points out that the smooth metal spherical ball would have "skidded uncontrollably on sand."

The famed astrophysicist is known for offering his observations and critiques of scientific movies. He did the same for the record-breaking new "Star Wars" movie in a series of tweets on Monday.

While not all of Tyson's tweets were specifically scientific critiques -- the Stormtroopers, he said, "still run as though they’re carrying a full load of poop in their diapers" -- Tyson made clear that when it came to the facts, he was mostly unimpressed.

But before you conclude that Tyson was trying to destroy the fun with his facts, he did give the movie some scientific approval. 

As for the diet of the movie's heroine, a scavenger named Rey, Tyson seemed to approve.

Tyson has a long history of fact-checking Hollywood movies -- from "Gravity," "Star Trek" and "Armageddon" to "Titanic" and even "Pitch Perfect." Recently, he took to Twitter to tackle what "Back to the Future II" got right and wrong in its predictions about Oct. 21, 2015.

While Tyson's tweets about the latest "Star Wars" may have been in good fun, they rubbed many fans the wrong way.

In trouble, you are, Mr. Tyson. Say you're sorry, you must.

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