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Moonfall trailer dares to ask what would happen if the moon fell on us

A trailer for the newest film from the director of Independence Day just dropped, and apparently, the moon is next.


Have you ever looked up at the moon and wondered how we'd fare if the thing ever just flat out fell on us? No? Well, apparently someone in Hollywood has, because that's the premise of Moonfall, a new film opening this February from director Roland Emmerich, best known for big-budget disaster flicks like 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, and Independence Day. 

With a cast led by Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson and John Bradley (perhaps better known as Samwell Tarly from HBO's Game of Thrones), the film features lots of explosive space action and plenty of brow furrowing calamity here on Earth. Judging from the trailer anyway. You can take a watch for yourself below.

Astronomy nerds will be sure to nitpick the science in the science fiction here, and commenters are already debating what would actually happen if the moon were to somehow plummet toward the Earth. Some are pointing out that The Time Machine already tackled this question, with the moon in that story ultimately breaking into orbital fragments under the strain of Earth's gravity. Regardless, we'll see how Emmerich and company answer the question soon enough, when Moonfall opens in theaters and Imax in February of next year.