The shield in the movie Sunshine (2007, Danny Boyle), appears to be made of "panels", that seem to move to face the Sun. How does it work? I mean, I know it's not exact science, but surely there was some design put into it. And what is the function of the "panels"?
In reality, the reflective surfaces alone will not protect a ship's inhabitants from solar radiation outside of the visible, ultraviolet, and infrared ranges, especially when that close to the sun--intense harmful radiation and strong tidal forces come into play at that point.