'Prometheus' Hints Unveiled Through the Transit of Venus

Ridley Scott's sci-fi thriller was inspired by this rare celestial event, happening today for the first time since 1874.

Prometheus hints may be revealed during The Transit of Venus celestial event
Prometheus hints may be revealed during The Transit of Venus celestial event
Star gazers (and perhaps legions of movie fans) will have their eyes on the sky today to catch a glimpse of The Transit of Venus, a rare celestial event that occurs when the planet passes directly between Earth and the sun. Such transits help us to identify the capacity for life on other worlds as they move across the face of their home star. It was a transit like this that helped the scientists at Weyland Industries identify life on a distant world, which would ultimately lead to a world-changing, exploratory space mission aboard the ship The Prometheus.

So is the Transit of Venus timing and the release of the Ridley Scott film a coincidence? The heavens reveal all beginning this afternoon. You won't want to miss it - the last one was in 1874, later inspiring Gustav Holst to write "The Planets." And if you'd like some company, catch it via livestream hosted by Astronomers Without Borders and Discovery News at NASA.gov.

"Planetary transits may seem like no more than an entertaining celestial event, but they could uncover the kind of world depicted in Ridley Scott's new film, Prometheus, said Seth Shostak, of SETI Institute. "When planets hundreds of light-years away pass in front of their home star, they slightly dim the light from that star. NASA's Kepler space telescope has found more than two thousand such transits, and discovers new ones every day. Within a year or two, it's expected that this instrument will find a planet that's a cousin of the Earth -- one laquered in liquid oceans, and wrapped in a thick atmosphere. Such a world could well be home to extraterrestrial biology -- and possibly even intelligent beings. The premise of Prometheus is well grounded in modern research."

Prometheus was released June 8th, 2012 and stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Logan Marshall-Green, Sean Harris, Rafe Spall. The film is directed by Ridley Scott.



Sources: 20th Century Fox

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Comments (9)

  1. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Planet Venus: "I'm Your VENUS!"
    The Sun: "I'm your FIRE!"

    You know the rest :P

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  2. Sean

    I'm not sure what to say about this.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  3. SherlockHolmes2009

    @ROFLitschristian Haha he is indeed a genious

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  4. CelluloidDreams

    Gotta love the marketing team!

    3 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  5. The Kwisatz Haderach

    Thats a good way of putting it thedude-abides.
    The ancient astronaut aliens theory is awesome.

    3 years agoby @the-kwisatz-haderachFlag

  6. ROFLitschristian

    Scott, you genius bastard.

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  7. thedude-abides

    It's ancient astronaut theory revisited, a la 2001

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag