Astronomy Professor Larry Molnar believes he can find the unfindable – a star that is about to explode.
Stellar explosions dot the history of science, yet observation of the event as it occurs has so far proved impossible – not only because of the sheer number of stars on our galaxy, but because of the improbability of finding one that would explode within the lifetime of the observer.
When Larry and a small team of undergraduate students stumble across a strange star, they embark on a dramatic journey of scientific discovery, which brings the unlikely team into the international spotlight. Luminous, a feature documentary by award-winning filmmaker Sam Smartt (Wagonmasters), follows Larry and his students for five years as they make and test their unprecedented prediction.
If they are right, every school kid in the northern hemisphere will know it.