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Independence Day - Moonquake
In the beginning of the film the giant mother-ship passes closely to the moon. The tremendous noise and vibration of the ship makes the ground shake on the moon. (This is illustrated by a close-up on the moon-surface where we can se an astronauts footprint being erased by the moonquake). This is a Slip-Up since neither sound nor vibration can travel through the vacuum of empty space.
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Davo100 writes:
Sound waves can't travel through a vacuum, but who says that the moonquake is caused by sound waves?? It is possible that the giant alien ship is generating gravity waves (maybe as part of its propulsion system???) which will cause the moon to vibrate. Gravity waves CAN travel through a vacuum. This is NOT a valid slip-up.
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Captain Kirk writes:
C'mon guys. You're putting too much thought into this FICTION STORY. Let the theoretical physicists, Mr. Spock, and Lt. Data explain vacuums and gravity phenomena.
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musicdude2004 writes:
The mother-ship is also 1/4 the size of the moon. Something that size would have its own gravity. The moving gravity field would cause vibration on the moon's surface.
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