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Han Solo meets Einstein

Astrophysicist Paul Sutter is fascinated by how the universe works — even in a galaxy far, far away.

Some of Sutter’s earliest memories are of having to untangle his VHS tapes of the “original” Star Wars trilogy (episodes IV-VI), which led to a love of science fiction literature and, eventually, the study of science and astronomy as subjects.

Today, Sutter is a researcher with Ohio State’s Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics and chief scientist of the Center for Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio. He also hosts a popular podcast, “Ask a Spaceman,” in which he breaks down complex aspects in a conversational, humorous way for the average person (or Wookie).

Here, he spends some time discussing scientific concepts of his beloved childhood flicks, including infinite mass and what a parsec really is.