Physics of the Tri-Solar Syzygy from The 3 Body Problem. Could People Really Be Pulled Off a Planet?

Rhett Allain
10 min readJan 25, 2024
Image: Netflix. Screenshot from The 3 Body Problem trailer

If it’s in the trailer, it’s not a spoiler. I’m talking about the scene from The 3 Body Problem in which the inhabitants of Trisolaris get pulled off the surface.

Here are minimal details that you need to know, and not any more (you can read the book or watch the Netflix show). There’s a planet…

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Rhett Allain

Physics faculty, science blogger of all things geek. Technical Consultant for CBS MacGyver and MythBusters. WIRED blogger.