O day and night, but this is wondrous strange!
And therefore as a stranger give it welcome.
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
~ from “Hamlet “Act 1, scene 5, 159–167, by Wm. Shakespeare (Citation from “Shakespeare Quotes”)
It’s often said that truth is stranger than fiction. It’s rarely mentioned that fiction can led to truth, but that’s apparently what happened in designing the special effects for the movie, “Interstellar”.
Among lay people, a black hole has always been described and depicted as just that: A visual void in space, concealing what’s behind it as does a dark moon. Among slightly more knowledgeable folk, the concept of an event horizon is added, and maybe even some gravity lensing.
The CGI for “Interstellar” involved real math from real physics, with a visual outcome which was unknown until the computer actually rendered it. The result was something visually and scientifically new. Read the article and watch the video below.
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