Today marks the launch of "The Day the Earth Stood Still", a remake from the 1951 film entitled the same. While science fiction fans will be flocking en masse to the theatres today, the film may also have another type of audience, an audience that is extra-terrestrial.
"The Day the Earth Stood Still" will be the first film intentionally 'beamed' into space, according to 20th Century Fox, making it the first galactic motion picture release in history. The film will be launched via the Deep Space Communications Network at Cape Canaveral. It will be broadcasted through space at 186,000 miles per second to Alpha Centauri, a three star system.
It may be awhile before we receive any movie reviews from any potential viewers in Alpha Centauri as roundtrip communication will take approximately 8+ years.
While the movie travels to Alpha Centauri it may be intercepted and viewed at several possible locations:
(Location and signal travel time)
Moon: 1.1991888 seconds
Sun: 8.41536 minutes
Mercury: 4.99662 minutes
Venus: 2.5035696 minutes
Mars: 3.997296 minutes
Jupiter: 35.028936 minutes
Saturn: 1.18341 hours
Uranus: 2.49831 hours
Neptune: 4.03236 hours
Pluto: 5.4200178 hours
Surely this move redefines the term "in theatres everywhere".