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12 Scientific Inaccuracies in Prometheus

Star Patterns

The Movie: Archeologists Elizabeth Shaw and Charlie Holloway keep finding this pattern in cross cultural ancient artwork. As it turns out, it's a map to a moon where humanity's creators are hanging out. Duh.

Real Life: You call that a star map? Six dots on a two-dimensional plane? That's the vaguest combination of coordinates we have ever seen. There are about 400 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy, all of them forming very different patterns from different perspectives. Millions of combinations of stars could match that pattern, especially when you factor in stellar drift over time. The star map would be about as helpful as chucking a gum wrapper at someone and calling it a guide to Brazil. Oh, and PS: we're told the pattern was painted 35,000 years ago in the Isle of Skye in Scotland... which was covered in a massive ice sheet at that time. *Facepalm*

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