SCI/ASTRO — Science Behind ‘Interstellar’ Kick-Starts Unprecedented Research

Science and entertainment are often at two seemingly opposite ends of the spectrum — but when they come together, they almost always produce something incredible (like the recent Cosmos miniseries or the BBC’s Planet Earth). So, when the visual effects team from London-based special effects firm Double Negative and acclaimed theoretical physicist Kip Thorne came together back in 2013 to work on Christopher Nolan’s behemoth space travel flick, Interstellar, they knew something special was about to happen. What they didn’t yet realize at the time, however, was that their work on Interstellar would eventually yield unprecedented research on the science of black holes and, eventually, a revolutionary joint-research paper.

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