Science fiction films have been dominating the box office from “The Martian” to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” but we usually get little explanation of the science that is or isn’t possible in these films until now.
The Reel Science Film Series at the Adler Planetarium strives to help explain certain scientific concepts that we find in many films and how some of them are either possible, impossible, or incorrect in a discussion after a screening of the film.
The first film is the classic “Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan.” After the film you’ll get to discuss the ideas behind warp drive, why space crafts in movies are right side up, and the creation and destruction of planets with astronomers Dr. Shane Larson, Dr. Grace Wolf-Chase and Michelle Nichols.
The next two films in the series—one in February and one in March— are “Galaxy Quest,” where you’ll discuss future technology and interstellar war, and “Back to the Future,” where you’ll discuss time travel.
Reel Science Film Series’ presentation of “Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan” will take place Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Adler Planetarium located at 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr. Admission is $22 for adults and $10 for children. There will be popcorn, candy, and beverages for purchase. For more information visit adlerplanetarium.org/events/reel-science-star-trek-wrath-khan-01-14-16-2016-01-14.