PHYSICS, COM­PUTER CODE AND HOL­LY­WOOD

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The team be­hind the vis­ual ef­fects of the movie In­ter­stel­lar has pub­lished a pa­per on some in­trigu­ing dis­cov­er­ies they made about the na­ture of black holes. In de­vel­op­ing the movie's vis­ual ef­fects, the team es­sen­tially made the first at­tempt ever to com­pute what it would look like to view a black hole from its or­bit, a dizzy­ing sight of the sin­gu­lar­ity “drag­ging space into a whirling mo­tion and stretch­ing the caus­tics around it­self many times.” Kip Thorne, the as­tro­physi­cist who was con­sulted on the movie, said the new ap­proach to cre­at­ing images of black holes and other ce­les­tial ob­jects will be of great value to his fel­low sci­en­tists.

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