Byrd Theatre Richmond, VA


Jeremy Hoffman

Climate and Earth Scientist, Science Museum of Virginia


Justin Bartel

Immersive Experience Manager, Science Museum of Virginia

Interstellar— Of blight and black holes

Climate scientist Jason Hoffman and astronomer Justin Bartel discuss the real-life likelihood of a world-wide crop blight like the one that forces Earth’s residents into space in Interstellar.

Byrd Theatre Richmond, VA

Film Synopsis

A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.

In Earth's future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. Professor Brand (Michael Caine), a brilliant NASA physicist, is working on plans to save mankind by transporting Earth's population to a new home via a wormhole. But first, Brand must send former NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a team of researchers through the wormhole and across the galaxy to find out which of three planets could be mankind's new home.

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About the Speaker

Dr. Jeremy Hoffman, climate and Earth scientist at the Science Museum of Virginia, leads community-based science projects to measure urban microclimates and their impacts on human health, air quality, and biodiversity.

Dr. Justin Bartel, astronomer and immersive experience specialist, develops educational content and manages the digital planetarium at the Science Museum of Virginia.