I truly enjoy science fiction films! I had been looking forward to seeing this evening’s presentation for several weeks, and I will say that I was not disappointed. It did have a few points where I needed to do some double takes, yet it was an overall fantastic feature presentation!
Oblivion begins with Sykes (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) recalling a different world, before the year 2077. When that year arrived, nearly half a century had passed, and Earth was plunged into complete chaos. A war with an extraterrestrial species had taken place, and the majority of civilization had been destroyed. Most of what remained of humanity had relocated to a terraformed Titan, the largest moon of Saturn. There, a system had been created to transform hydrogen, along with traces of oxygen in the atmospheres of Saturn and Titan, into water!
Jack (Tom Cruise) works as a technician to repair ground drones on Titan. He does maintenance for a major techincal and terraforming company. During one mission, Jack is armed, and he drives a motorcycle upon the remains of a building. He leaps into a hole outside of this building, remaining in contact with a female speaker from his home base. Jack tells her all that he sees, as he walks into what seems to be a library.
Suddenly, Jack is caught by the leg, by a rope, and he is dragged! He has a gun, and he shoots to break free. Jack then attempts to escape by a pull-wire, but it breaks. He is assualted by masked creatures, yet a machine with arsenal protects him!
A moment later, Jack escapes. He gets out of the library, out of the hole, and he mounts his motorcycle. Jack makes it back to his home base. Yet, once there, he finds that the power is out, and that the power source had been blown up! He works with a female worker at the base to find out what caused the power accident. Jack locates a homing beacon, and he shuts it down. Then, he leaves to a forest area, where a base is located. He enters, and he makes residence.
While relaxing, Jack is awakened by the noise of an object flying over the base. It crashes some distance away, and he goes to the impact site. He is told by his superiors to stand down because hostile drones are coming to this site. Yet, Jack refuses, as he sees something in the crash site. He disobeys commands to return to the base, proceeding to the crash site, then rescuing five survivors.
Suddenly, a tech drone appears, and it kills one survivor! Then, it proceeds to attack Jack! It stands down just before it fires upon Jack. He moves forward to rescue a survivor named Victoria (Andrea Risenborough), and one young woman named Julia (Olga Kurylenko). Julia has been in stasis for sixty years, and she does not know that Earth was attacked!
The group now come to an understanding of what is happening. Earth was attacked during Julia’s stasis, and it is currently unihabitable by humans. Half of The Moon is gone! Surviving humans have managed to migrate to Titan, the largest moon of Saturn.
It is the next day when Julia speaks to Jack. She wants to know what happened. Jack takes her to get the flight recording from her ship, which is a dangerous trip. Yet, the do make it to the crash site, where they rescue a boy. Suddenly, Jack is attacked!
Beings carry Jack away, and Julia requests a scan of the area. Jack finds himself chained to a chair, when a voice suddenly speaks. A man appears by the light of a match. Lights are turned on, and Jack suddenly sees a chamber full of people. The man speaking seems to be friendly, yet the room full of people are ready to kill Jack!
The man identifies himself as Beech (Morgan Freeman), as Jack learns that people are weary of outsiders, as they are being hunted. Tech drones are everywhere outside of their hiding zone, attempting to catch and to kill people, and to take control of Titan. The one drone that they have managed to catch, and they mean to find out how it works so that they can gain an advantage!
Victoria (Andrea Riseborough), the leader of the human control force, has dispatched armed drones to find Jack. Meanwhile, Beech sends Jack to the radiation zones to find Julia. He does locate her, and they reach a tower, where Jack is able to relay a message to the others that he is safe.
Jack learns that Julia was on a research flight to Titan, and an object was loaded onto the flight. Then, she claims to be Jack’s wife, telling Jack that he is not the man that he believes himself to be! Jack slowly pieces memories together, managing to recall some of his time spent with Julia.
Jack and Julia return to the home base. Yet, Victoria will not allow them to enter, as she has placed an order out to have Jack killed! Jack is shot, yet he is rescued by Julia, then they both are given a new mission. Jack refuses, and Victoria sends attack drones to capture him!
Jack and Julia fly into a stormy atmosphere of Titan. They reach a mountainous area, where they follow a river to hide within cliffs. Jack maneuvers behind the attack drones, shooting and destroying them. Yet, he is attacked, then he is knocked into Titan’s radiation zone, where he and Julia eventually crash.
Jack escapes, getting to the site where another ship is landing. He runs to the pilot, and he is stunned to see that this pilot is him! Then, he sees a dead Julia on the ship, having been shot in a fight between two versions of Jack. At that point, one version of Jack runs to the dead Julia, while the other Jack boards the shuttle ship to fly back to the home base.
Upon reaching the base, Jack tries to get Julia to return with him to the surface of Titan. However, Julia refuses. Jack flies back, healing the shot Julia, then taking her along with him to Titan. They reach a lakeside cottage in the woods (…on Titan), where Jack concludes that he is not himself! Yet, Julia shares with Jack memories of their romantic past!
Jack returns to the resistance with Julia, where they meet with Beech. Jack resumes his post as the commander of the resistance. They attempt battling attack drones, yet three drones have flown into attack the resistance base. A battle begins!
Jack fights furiously, and he nearly is killed. He does survive, and Beech is injured severely. Jack and Julia proceed to a launch chamber where he places her into a capsule called The Odyssey Mission. At that moment, Jack has a recollection of his prior mission, further pressing him to get Julia to safety.
Jack makes it into the capsule to confront the command system that is controlling this function, along with all other major human functions. Jack sees that this system is called Sally, and that it has humans being held in biological stasis. Sally is on Titan, where it is controlling all computer functions that have taken over human life and activity!
Jack unites with Beech, and they opt to travel to Titan. Once arriving at the Saturnian moon, they set off a bomb. With their last words, “fuck you, Sally”, Jack and Beech destroy Sally, and they free humanity from the state of computerized stasis!
I am so pumped up about seeing this updated release of Superman! Man of Steel opens June 14, so it promises to be one of the summer blockbusters! These pre-trailers already are so exciting that they have the comics fans bursting into conniptions because the movie is not out NOW!
Buffed up, blowed up, beefed up Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg make it to the big screen next week! Looking like two ham hocks, they star as body builders who get tied up in a bungled extortion and kidnapping scheme. The movie Pain and Gain is a mix of comedy, along with action and drama, that means to draw a crowd! The same date of April 26 has The Big Wedding and Mud!
May will open with The Iceman and Iron Man 3 on The 3rd. The following week brings The Great Gatsby and Tyler Perry’s Peeples. May 17 premieres Erased and Star Trek: Into Darkness, while May 24 presents the animation of Epic, Fast & Furious 6, and The Hangover Part III. May 31 has the exciting release of father and son Will and Jaden Smith in After Earth, the suspense of Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman in Now You See Me, along with Ethan Hawke headlining a sc-fi/thriller called The Purge!
So excited about these movies;
I had to Scream and Shout!!!
It usually is an exciting thing for science semi-geeks like myself to catch some of the latest postings about recent discoveries, especially when they concern astronomy! A current clip probably delivers details of information that has been presented previously, yet now is making it into the realm of general reading. I am reading it as I am typing (yes… multi-talent….), and I am seeing where N.A.S.A. scientists have been working with The Kepler Space Telescope, recently. Their efforts have resulted in the location of three extrasolar planets that have the possibilities for habitability!
The Kepler Telescope has had it’s powerful lenses aimed in the direction of Kepler-62. This star is is located within our Milky Way Galaxy, specifically within Lyra Constellation. This is one of the 88 major constellations that are detailed by The International Astronomical Union. The star Kepler-62 is attracting specific attention because it has three worlds orbiting it which have the potentials to be habitable!
Current observations of Kepler-62 are revealing that the star hosts at least five worlds. Three of these planets are specifically interesting because they seem to orbit within the habitable zone of their parent star. Kepler-62e and Kepler-62f are the planets of this system that have been receiving the most review. It is Kepler-62f which ig attracting additional attention because it seems to be the planet within this system that has the greatest potential to be a life-harboring world! It is well-within the habitable zone of Kepler-62, and it has a possibility to hold liquid water. Additionally, Kepler 69-c has been identified within this orbital area, yet it may reside slightly outside of the habitable zone of the Kepler-62 solar system.
It is Kepler-62f which is believed to be roughly forty percent as large as Earth. N.A.S.A. Ames Research Center Principal Scientific Investigator William Borucki has stated that Kepler-62f may be a rocky world that could have polar ice caps! Yet, it is less massive and less aquatic than Earth.
The star itself is a K-type main-sequence star. This can be called an orange dwarf, also. It is similar to nearby stars within our Milky Way Galaxy that include Epsilon Eridani and Tau Ceti. These types of stars are cooler than The Sun, which is a G-type main-sequence star.
The Kepler Space Telescope has been working tirelessly since it’s 2009 launch into Earth orbit. Since that time, this celestial observer has located over one-hundred extrasolar planets! Kepler is an intregal part of the N.A.S.A. objective to locate a world beyond our solar system that is capable of hosting life, possibly even life as we understand it, and, with the greatest of fingers crossed, sentient life!
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Once again, it is after “bedtime”, yet I am finding myself spaced out! A recent article posted at space.com presented details regarding a fascinating site that has been observed, telescopically. It seems that astronomers in Europe have gotten to see a rare sight that initiates interest, while creating further levels of curiousity about all within the great beyond!
Astronomers working at Observatory of Geneva, at Canton of Geneva, Switzerland. and within the municipality of Versoix, Switzerland, recently have viewed another of the awesome activities occurring within deep space. Their telescopes were aimed at the distant galaxy NGC 4845, where newly discovered locations and celestial objects were being observed. This particular galaxy is a current standout in recent studies of space because of an unusual activity occurring at it’s core.
The supermassive black hole at the center of NGC 4845 seems to have gotten hold of an object that unfortunately drifted too closely to it! Apparently, a rogue planet, or it may have been a brown dwarf, was loose from the gravitational connections of any solar system, or nearby worlds. It was a floater, and it was unfortunate to have drifted into a realm of no-return!
This gas giant drifted out of it’s original area of placement, moving toward the core of NGC 4845. At that point, the supermassive black hole at the galaxy’s core was able to get hold of the world adrift with it’s intense gravitational force. Now, it seems that the black hole is sucking off of the gas giant, which will continue until the planet is reduced to nothing!
Scientists are saying that this is the first time that such an event has been viewed. This victimized object is believed to be a lost gas giant, yet it may be a brown dwarf. Whatever it is/was, allegedly had a mass that equalled to 0.5 times the mass of Jupiter. However massive it was, it is GONE now!
Supermassive black holes are objects which emit the most powerful forces of gravity known! They are the largest kinds of black holes in the universe, being as massive as hundreds of times to thousands of times the mass of The Sun. They are located at the centers of all galaxies. Our Milky Way has it’s own supermassive black hole, called Sagittarius A*. It may have been getting it’s snack on recently, as astronomers were observing flare bursts from it’s core at the end of 2012!
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WOW!!! The search does continue! I am glad that N.A.S.A. and it’s affiliate organizations are making legitimate efforts to locate and to identify all things of interest within outer space. The ongoing search for exoplanets is fascinating, as it seems that a new one is found every week!
Current studies are suggesting the evidence of what are being labeled as rogue planets, or nomad planets. These are worlds that are floating seemingly adrift throughout space, with no home star to which they should be gravitationally attached. Several recent studies are suggesting that our Milky Way may be filled with planets floating adrift, not gravitationally attached to any home stars, nor to any other planets of a solar system.
During 2012, studies took place at Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, which suggested that there could me as many as 100,000 times as many rogue planets adrift throughout the galaxy than there are stars within our Milky Way. WOW! The studies even are suggesting that these planets have the potentials to host life! This would be possible because of the planets’ potentials to have thick atmospheres, which would have allowed them to maintain the necessary levels of heat to keep their surfaces warm enough for live to emerge. It even is postulated that such planets could maintain liquid water due to the warmth from internal planetary heat, and that some of these worlds could be geologically active!
Additioally, these rogue planets could have moons. Their own forces of gravity would have allowed them to maintain possession of their planetary subjects, as both the planet and the moon (or moons….) wander adrift throughout the galaxy. Plus, the gravitationally-induced heat from related interaction between the planet and it’s satellites would serve as another heat source. This necessary warming could provide the potential settings for life forms to emerge and to evolve.
Of course, this is all theory and speculation. Although rogue planets have been spotted, no traces of life have been observed, ever. Yet, it does increase the interest levels in the search for extraterrestrial life, giving more options to be explored for possibly habitable worlds. At this time, four suspects have been recognized to be actual rogue planets, or possibly rogue planets.
Current studies are continuing to seek out and to identify rogue planets. S Ori 52 is currently identified as a rogue planet, and as a sub-brown dwarf. It is a gas giant which had the potential to be a star. Yet, it is not massive enough for the necessary ingition of it’s deuterium levels, which is needed for thermonuclear fusion to begin, creating a star. The planet would have to be at least thirteen times the mass of Jupiter, and they do not reach that level of mass.
Currently, four free-floating planets have been discovered. S Ori 52 is located within the Delta Orionis (Mintaka) star cluster. There are three major stars of this cluster, which are Alnilam (Epsilon Orionis), Alnitak (Zeta Orionis), and Mintaka. These are the three stars of Orion’s Belt. The host star is western Mintaka, located at our western perspective within this cluster, as it is roughly 915 light years away from our Earth. Mintaka actually made it into the realm of Star Trek lore, hosting a world called Mintaka III, which supported a sentient species called The Mintakans!
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The studies of outer space are completely compelling! I found myself caught within the online details that are being presented about studies of galaxies. Current news gives details about ifnformation that astronomers are revealing. It seems that the largest-known galaxy to date has been located!
The phenomenal power of The Hubble Space Telescope has produced yet another incredible find! Gazing back through spacetime, roughly some 1.07 billion light years away, the super seer of outer space has spotted what we are identifying as the galaxy of greatest size that is currently known. HST has viewed images within The Virgo Constellation. These pictures have produced scenes of a distant galaxy that is identified as IC 1101. This is a Type cD class galaxy that is 1.07 billion light years away from Earth!
IC 1101 is being hailed as the largest galaxy that we have viewed, thus far. It is an elliptical galaxy that is an incredible 5.5 million light years wide. This size is large enough to contain over fifty Milky Way Galaxies (our home galaxy), and it is 2,000 times as massive as our galactic residence! Research reveals that IC 1101 is so enormous that it easily could contain our Milky Way, along with our satellite galaxies, The Large Magellanic Cloud and The Small Magellanic Cloud, as well as the nearby galaxies of Andromeda and Triangulum.
Like all elliptical galaxies and spiral galaxies, IC 1101 has a supermassive black hole at it’s core. It’s supermassive black hole has not been spotted directly, yet. However, it is speculated to be the largest black hole known, likely billions, or tens of billions of times as large as Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the core of our Milky Way Galaxy.
This super-galaxy is within Abell 2029 galaxy cluster. This is viewed within The Virgo Cluster, located within the constellation Virgo. This is the central region of Virgo Supercluster, the massive gathering of galaxies in which The Milky Way is a member!
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Such images can have one Wishing On A Star….