Disney’s The Lion King Has Unexpected Astronomer
Disney’s The Lion King is a true, Disney animated classic, beloved by millions around the world! However, did you know that Pumbaa may have been the most scientifically in-tune character in the entire movie? Don’t believe me? Then, read on!
In case you are unfamiliar with The Lion King‘s plot, Simba runs away from Pride Rock after the unexpected death of his father, Mufasa. He becomes friends with Timon and Pumbaa along the way and eventually returns home to take his place as king.
I’m sure you remember The Lion King scene when Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa relax in the grass while staring at the night sky. They wonder what those “sparkly dots are up there.”
Simba believes they are his royal ancestors watching over him, just as Mufasa taught him. Timon assumes they are fireflies. However, Pumbaa provides the most scientifically correct answer, saying they are “balls of gas burning billions of miles away.”
Star Light, Star Bright
Actually, stars are giant balls of gas that generate energy from nuclear reactions. NASA says that stars form within massive dust clouds and gasses, then these clusters make tighter knots and eventually collapse due to their gravitational force.
As the center knot heats up, it becomes a protostar. Then more dust and gas materials are pulled in, and it creates either a star, an orbiting planet, an asteroid, or comets.
See It in the Stars
So, there you have it! Pumbaa is the unexpected astronomer in Disney’s The Lion King. Now, you can think of him the next time you partake in stargazing.
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