Astronomy Look-alikes, No. 83

Bad-boy Hollywood actor-director Alberto Vecchio bears a striking resemblance to Birmingham University’s gravitational wave physicist (and former Cardiff University postdoc) Sean Penn. I’ve long suspected that gravitational waves were pure Hollywood, but I’m still looking forward to Advanced LIGO, the movie,  in which our hero single-handedly discovers a stochastic background of tensor perturbations from the epoch of inflation.


2 Responses to “Astronomy Look-alikes, No. 83”

  1. PHD student Says:

    I have long suspected that with the crazy hours Alberto was working and constant travel that he was leading a double life. The fact that I didn’t realise he is Sean Penn until now shames me to no end…

    • Are there any real cases of astronomers leading double lives, e.g. moonlighting (no pun intended) as a jazz musician or whatever? I don’t mean the occasional boffin who sings at the open mic at a folk club, but something more substantial, at least Brian-May style (now that he finally got his doctorate).

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