Don’t Look Up: The True Events That Inspired the Movie

Don’t Look Up: The True Events That Inspired the Movie is a blog that covers the real life events that inspired the movie of the same name.

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On January 14, 2016, a bright light streaked across the sky over Oregon and was seen as far away as California. Eyewitnesses described it as a “fireball,” and some even said they saw it explode.

This event was later determined to be a meteorite, and it became known as the Oregon Fireball. It was one of the most well-documented meteorites in history, and its fall was captured on dash cams, home security cameras, and cell phone videos.

The Oregon Fireball was one of many meteors that have fallen in Oregon over the years. In fact, Oregon is considered to be one of the best places in the world to find meteorites. Meteorite hunters comb the state looking for these space rocks, and many have been found in remote areas.

The Oregon Fireball inspired the 2020 film Don’t Look Up, which starred Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio. The film is a fictionalized account of a group of astronomers who discover that a giant comet is on a collision course with Earth. As they race to warn the world about the impending doom, they must also deal with the skepticism of those who don’t believe them.

Don’t Look Up is a Hollywood blockbuster, but it’s based on a very real event. The Oregon Fireball is just one example of how our state has been affected by things falling from the sky.

What Happened in the Sky?

On November 7, 2006 something strange happened in the skies over Norway. A spiral of light appeared, stretching from the horizon to the zenith. It was seen by thousands of people, some of whom even managed to capture it on camera. The event was so unusual that it made headlines around the world.

The First Sighting

The first reported sightings of what would later become known as the “UFO” took place in 1947. In June of that year, businessman and private pilot Kenneth Arnold was flying his small plane near Mount Rainier in Washington state when he spotted nine strange, glowing objects in the sky. He described them as “flying saucers,” and his story made headlines across the country.

The Second Sighting

In the early hours of November 7, 1966, several residents of a small town in New Jersey called Hopewell awoke to find that their dogs were barking furiously. Looking outside, they saw what appeared to be a large, glowing object in the sky. The object was so bright that it lit up the entire town.

The residents were so baffled by what they were seeing that they called the police. When the police arrived, they saw the same thing: a huge, glowing object in the sky. The officers tried to communicate with the object using their car radios, but there was no response.

The object remained in the sky for about an hour before it finally disappeared.

This wasn’t the first sighting of an unidentified flying object in New Jersey. In fact, just two days earlier, on November 5th, another group of people had seen a similar object in the skies over nearby Sussex County.

These sightings sparked a media frenzy and soon after, reports of similar sightings began coming in from all over the United States. Suddenly, everyone was talking about UFOs and wondering if we were being visited by aliens from another world.

The Aftermath

In the aftermath of the event, people were left wondering what had happened. Some speculated that it was a meteor or a comet, but no one could be sure. The event was so disruptive that it even caused social media platforms to crash as people tried to find out what was going on.

The movie ‘Don’t Look Up’ is based on these true events, and it tells the story of how two astronomers try to warn the world about an approaching asteroid. The movie is set to be released in 2021.

The Movie

Don’t Look Up is a 2020 American disaster drama film directed by Peter Berg and written by Aaron Sorkin. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio as two astronomers who discover a comet is on a collision course with Earth. The film is loosely based on the real life event known as the Great Comet Crash.

The Cast

The cast of “Don’t Look Up” includes some big names. Leonardo DiCaprio will star as a scientist who tries to warn the world about an impending asteroid collision. He is joined by Jennifer Lawrence, who will play a struggling actress caught up in the events. The cast also includes Jonah Hill, Timothée Chalamet, Tyler Perry, and Ariana Grande.

The Plot

The movie opens with a group of high school students in a classroom. Their teacher is discussing the basics of astrology and the importance of paying attention to the alignment of the planets. One of the students, played by actress Kate Winslet, is not paying attention and instead is looking at her phone.

Suddenly, a news alert pops up on her screen. A meteor is headed for Earth and is expected to hit in six months. The students are shocked and ask if there is anything that can be done to stop it. The teacher says that there is nothing that can be done and that they should all just enjoy their time on Earth while they can.

The news spreads quickly and soon everyone on Earth knows about the impending doom. The governments of the world try to keep things under control, but as the days tick by, panic starts to set in. People are collapsing in the streets, weeping and wailing about their impending deaths.

In the midst of all this chaos, two scientists played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence) decide to step forward and try to warn people about what is happening. They start giving interviews and appearing on TV shows, trying to spread the word about what is coming.

As the days pass, more and more people start to believe them. They begin making plans for their final months on Earth, saying goodbye to loved ones, and trying to make peace with their own mortality.

Finally, the day arrives when the meteor is scheduled to hit. People all over the world gather together in makeshift shelters, praying for a miracle. But when the moment comes, nothing happens. The meteor passes by Earth, missing it entirely.

People come out of their shelters dumbfounded and confused. What was supposed to happen? Why were they spared? Was it all just a big misunderstanding?

The Reception

Critics were largely mixed in their reviews of “Don’t Look Up.” The movie holds a 67% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the website’s critics consensus reading, “With a talented cast and some truly funny moments, ‘Don’t Look Up’ just barely manages to off-set its loosely structured narrative and other scattered issues.”


It’s safe to say that many people who see Don’t Look Up will wonder how much of the movie is based on a true story. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to that question. While the movie was inspired by true events, it is not a direct retelling of those events. Instead, it is a fictionalized account of what could have happened if the events had unfolded in a different way.

With that said, there are some key similarities between the movie and the real-life events that inspired it. Both involve a group of scientists who discover that a comet is on course to collide with Earth. Both groups attempt to warn the public about the impending disaster, but their warnings are met with skepticism and dismissal. In both cases, the scientists are ultimately proven right and the comet does indeed strike Earth, causing widespread destruction.

The main difference between the movie and reality is that, in reality, the scientists were able to accurately predict when and where the comet would strike. This allowed them to evacuate the area before the impact and avoid any loss of life. In contrast, in the movie, the scientists are not able to accurately predict the comet’s path and as a result, many people are killed when it finally does strike.

So, while Don’t Look Up is not a true story, it is based on true events and it does offer an interesting glimpse into what could have happened if things had unfolded differently.

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