In case you didn't get your fill of divisive Prometheus banter over the film's opening weekend, let us direct your attention to a story that Gizmodo is reporting about the movie's "sketchy science." While news about a beautifully shot Ridley Scott movie containing vague or imprecise details and facts shouldn't be a total shocker, astrophysicist and all-around space dude Neil DeGrasse Tyson had some interesting things to say about the director's kinda-sorta Alien prequel.
In the movie, it's noted that the exploratory crew travel 35 light years into space. Charlize Theron's character — when she's not making a snarling b*tchface just for the hell of it — comments that they are half a billion miles from Earth. This is where Tyson stepped in and let the world know that Theron would never graduate from astrophysicist school — and not just because she had trouble taking off her spacesuit in the film.
According to the scientist, half a billion miles would put Prometheus and its crew just past the planet Jupiter. Since a single light year is equal to about 5.88 trillion miles, not billion, 35 light years estimates Prometheus would be about 205.8 trillion miles from Earth. You've been schooled Ridley!
In other Prometheus
news, the film's never-ending viral campaign is the gift (or curse?) that keeps on giving. The Playlist
shared a new video that comes from website www.whatis101112.com
. There, a video featuring Guy Pearce's Peter Weyland — the head of the nefarious Weyland Corporation (and not in terrible age makeup, because that was a big waste of Pearce's handsome mug) — muttering: "I am a law only for my kind, I am no law for all." Friedrich Nietzsche's book Thus Spake Zarathustra
is also pictured there, with the quote: "What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not the end." Since the Prometheus
marketing departing was lazy enough to quote Wikipedia to explain the book, we'll just drop that right here for you:
"Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None is a philosophical novel by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, composed in four parts between 1883 and 1885. Much of the work deals with ideas such as the 'eternal recurrence of the same,' the parable on the 'death of God,' and the 'prophecy' of the Übermensch, which were first introduced in The Gay Science."
Were not sure what the date 10/11/12 or 11/10/12 might mean, but there's no doubt we'll find out soon (DVD/Blu-ray release perhaps?). It should be noted, however, that on the Weyland Corporation timeline
, the date 10/11/12 is significant as being the date Weyland Corp. was officially recognized as a corporation under United States law. Lost
fans should be really excited right now. What about the rest of you? Are you gunning for the sequel as hard as Prometheus'
PR department seems to be? Check out the video below and head to the comments section with your thoughts.