Reviews of the new Sci-fi film "Interstellar" have noted an unexpected contribution it has made to the scientific world. Although it is a week away from release, the new movie is noted by some scientists to have led to a new scientific discovery about the nature of black holes.
In the film, directed by Christopher Nolan, renowned astrophysicist Kip Thorne has been enlisted to work with the film's special effect so that they could create the most realistic looking black hole in cinema, reported WIRED. Thorne started by sending pages after pages of equations that Nolan's animators reportedly fed into their software.
Thorne, who had previously worked with Carl Sagan on the Jodie Foster-starring sci-fi classic "Contact" (1997), had never known black hole in more realistic terms than the theoretically conceived one. It is said that no scientist really knows what a real black hole actually looks like.
But the computers in the "Interstellar" special effects team churned out an astonishing result after using 800 terabytes of information, the Dazed Digital reports. For the first time, it was discovered that black hole doesn't look like what its name suggests.
"We found that warping space around the black hole also warps the accretion disk," special effects head Paul Franklin said. "So rather than looking like Saturn's rings around a black sphere, the light creates this extraordinary halo."
Here is a video where the creation of the most realistic looking black hole is explained: