Neil deGrasse Tyson’s pedantry can ruin a lot of fun, but this time, we’re thankful he’s sharing his brainpower with us.
When we all watched Barbie this summer, we were dying to get to visit Barbieland, the magical place where all the Barbies and Kens live. It’s a beautiful world of pink and palm trees, beaches and dream houses, blue skies and pastel buildings.
We know that Barbieland doesn’t exist in our world, but if it did, where would it be? Well, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has now given us the answer.
In a post on Threads, Tyson, who hosted the reboot of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos for PBS, did the math and geography to figure out where Barbieland might actually be.
“In @BarbieTheMovie, the Moon's orientation places Barbie World between 20 & 40 degrees North Latitude on Earth,” he wrote. “Palm trees further constrain latitude to between 20 & 30 degrees. The Sun & Moon rose and set over the ocean. If it’s in the United States then Barbie World lands somewhere in the Florida Keys.”
So Barbieland is next door to Gay Mecca Key West? Sounds like a perfect vacation destination!
Of course, we know that Barbieland is actually a magical world made of dreams and wishes, and not a real place. But still, it’s fun to imagine!
Barbie, directed by Greta Gerwig is one of the biggest movies of the decade, already grossing over a billion dollars. In fact, it beat a decade-old record held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 to become Warner Bros.’ fastest film to earn $1 billion.
While we can’t visit the real Barbieland, you can still see Barbie in theaters now.