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Are Prometheus clues really revealed in this afternoon's Transit of Venus?

06.05.2012by: Jake Dee

Let PROMETHEUS week continue...

Question. y'all catch a glimpse at a transitory Venus this afternoon? Have you zero idea of what I speak? No sweat, we got you...

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. http://sunearthday.gsfc.nasa.gov/webcasts/mtwilson/ “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."

Alright, so what do you think? Is this merely a clever marketing ploy, or do you lend credence to the celestial even actually inspiring PROMETHEUS? Either way it's a pretty cool thing, one you're not likely to see ever again. In fact, the next time such an even will occur is the year 2117. Maybe we'll all have implanted microchips in our brains that will allow us to live long enough to witness it. Crazy thought.

Charlize!

Extra Tidbit: You see the Transit as it happened?
Source: Fox

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