Michael Chriss

Michael Chriss

Thursday, August 22, 2:30–4:30 p.m.

On August 22, film buff and professional astronomer Michael Chriss will offer an “affectionate look at the way Hollywood has used and misused astronomy and astronomers to amaze, amuse, and frighten us through the years.” 

Do you remember these historic lines?

-Oh, let’s not ask for the moon; we have the stars.

-A long time ago in a galaxy far away…

-I’m sorry, Dave; I’m afraid I can’t do that.

-No one would have believed … that human affairs were being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s.

-Unless the King and I and the rest of the prisoners are freed, I shall blot out the sun and it will never shine again! 

From the days of the Flash Gordon era to Matt Damon’s recent successful tenure on Mars, moviegoers have been transported to extraterrestrial worlds created in the imaginations of Hollywood’s most creative writers, directors, and actors. For this presentation Michael Chriss has brought together his own identity as an astronomer with his avocation as a film buff extraordinaire.

Michael Chriss, an Academy Village resident since 2010, was educated at the University of Arizona, the University of California at Berkeley, and Stanford University.  Most of his career as a teacher and writer in astronomy took place at San Mateo Community College in California. Most recently he has taught at the University of Arizona, concentrating on the history and philosophy of astronomical thought.

Written by Sarah Dinham, Academy Village Volunteer

Aug. 22: “Hollywood and the Stars”