Interstellar’s fake black holes are helping actual scientific research

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Whether Interstellar was a good movie or not is still up for debate, but what seems certain now is that it led to some good science. Last year, Wired magazine explained how the visual effects team behind the space blockbuster worked with theoretical physicist Kip Thorne to create a new computer simulation to model how light would be dragged into the black hole Gargantua. Now, the calculations underpinning this code have been published in a scientific journal, with astrophysicists saying the software could help them model other celestial objects in the future.

existing software just couldn’t handle the size of the IMAX screen

When the Interstellar team began working on simulations for the film, they realized that current technology…

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