The movie ‘Interstellar’ came out exactly 5 years ago. Since then, new discoveries have changed our understanding of black holes.
Director Christopher Nolan’s Hollywood blockbuster “Interstellar” just celebrated its fifth anniversary.
In the movie, Matthew McConaughey plays an astronaut who journeys into a supermassive black hole called Gargauntua.
To make “Interstellar” scientifically accurate, Nolan hired physicist Kip Thorne to render the most realistic depiction of a black hole possible.
But since the movie was released, scientists have learned more about what black holes really look like, and even imaged one for the first time.
These discoveries revealed that, despite Nolan and Thorne’s best efforts, Gargantua wasn’t perfectly accurate.
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At the heart of every galaxy lies a supermassive black hole, where gravity is so strong that nothing — not even light — can escape its boundary.
In the movie “Interstellar,” a fictional black hole called Gargantua takes center stage. The film came out exactly five years ago, in November 2014. In it, Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway play astronauts who travel through a wormhole — a tunnel that allows for nearly instantaneous travel between far-distant points — to explore three planets that orbit Gargantua, 10 billion light-years from Earth.
In the end, McConaughey’s character navigates his ship into the supermassive black hole, inside which he discovers a fifth dimension, inter-dimensional omniscient beings, and the ability to communicate with his estranged daughter across time and space.
Director Christopher Nolan and his visual effects team strove for superior scientific accuracy in “Interstellar” — they even hired theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate Kip Thorne as a consultant.
“Neither wormholes nor black holes have been depicted in any Hollywood movie in the way that they actually would appear,” Thorne said in an interview prior to the movie’s release. “This is the first time the depiction began with Einstein’s general relativity equations.”
Indeed, the movie’s depiction of Gargantua was lauded as the most …read more
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