Stephen Hawking took the stage at the Sydney Opera House via hologram like the badass theoretical physicist he is.

Star Trek meets Stephen Hawking. (via Twitter)

Since Stephen Hawking is probably from the future (pure conjecture), it makes sense that he appeared via hologram to deliver a lecture at the Sydney Opera House on Saturday. IRL, Hawking was in his office at Cambridge University, but his lifelike 3D image was projected on stage in Sydney.

Hawking, an esteemed theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and recording artist, was joined onstage by his daughter Lucy Hawking, who was physically in Syndey, to give his speech.

It appears Hawking knows how to reach a broader audience, since he weighed in on an important piece of youth culture: One Direction.

Sources: Mashable | YouTube