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When Calvin astronomy professor Larry Molnar and a small team of students stumble across a strange star, they embark on a dramatic journey of scientific discovery, which brings the unlikely team into the international spotlight. But others in the astronomical community are skeptical, and Larrys professional reputation hangs in the balance. In production since 2014, Luminous, a feature documentary by award-winning filmmaker and Calvin communication professor Sam Smartt (Wagonmasters), follows Larrys journey to test his unprecedented prediction, knowing that its success or failure will unfold squarely in the international spotlight.

Please join us for a special pre-release screening of Luminous, a feature documentary by Calvin Communication professor Sam Smartt, which follows the exciting research of Calvin Physics and Astronomy professor Larry Molnar.  In production since 2014, the film tells the story of Prof. Molnar’s bold prediction of a luminous red nova in the constellation of Cygnus in 2022 and follows his five-year journey to test that prediction to see whether he is right.   

Q&A with Smartt and Molnar to follow, moderated by Jamie Smith.

The screening is a free and un-ticketed event open to all members of the extended Calvin community.

October 2021
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