County Theater Doylestown, PA


Dr. Mark Giovinazzi

Graduate Research Fellow, National Science Foundation

Interstellar— It's all relative: Universal wonders

Dr. Mark Giovinazzi will join us to discuss themes in this evening's film, including the search for exoplanets, understanding time dilation, and other fascinating wonders of our universe.

County Theater Doylestown, PA

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.

Photo courtesy of PHOTOFEST

About the Speaker

Dr. Mark Giovinazzi is a recent PhD graduate from the University of Pennsylvania. There, he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, where his research focused on searching for and characterizing new planets that exist outside of our solar system, known as exoplanets. Mark has also pioneered a new method for weighing more than 30 million stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. Beginning this June, he will continue researching the formation and evolution of other solar systems as an astronomer at Amherst College in Massachusetts. Other than looking for planets and studying stars, he enjoys making pizzas, playing the guitar, and rooting on the Phillies.