Danny Boyle’s New Film “Sunshine” Courts Science

 View the trailer here.

The film is purely science fiction, but in promos the producers are making a big deal out of the fact that it was made with the help of some pretty reputable science-community sources. Namely, the rockstar physicist Brian Cox from Manchester, who was asked to take a fantastic, highly unlikely scenario and make it plausible.

“It was like: ‘the Sun is going to die in 50 years, think of something, will you?’” Cox says of the movies’ production team. And so he and other advisors at the Large Hadron Collider came up with the idea of using “Q Balls” (which scientists aren’t even sure exist), which could be nuclei of supersymmetric particles that devour  matter, turning neutrons and protons into more supersymmetric particles. In the film, a Q Ball gets lodged in our sun and starts eating away. Physicists are sent into space on a ship called the Icarus II to throw a Manhattan-sized bomb into the star to kick start it back up.

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One thought on “Danny Boyle’s New Film “Sunshine” Courts Science

  1. I can’t even tell you how long I’ve been waiting for this film… Danny Boyle is one of the best directors on the PLANET right now! If anyone hasn’t seen MILLIONS yet, you’re failing – go see it – it’ll make you cry with happiness!

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