The creative team behind the incredible visual effects used in epic film ‘Interstellar’ has revealed about a computer code that has turned filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s science fiction into amazing facts by providing new close insights into the strong effects of black holes.
An innovative computer code was described by the team which was used for the generation of the film’s iconic photos of the black hole, wormhole and different celestial objects and explains how the code has taken them to new scientific discoveries.
The Interstellar team used the code in order to find out when a camera is close up to an instantly spinning black hole, weird surfaces in space – called caustics – creating more than a dozen photos of stars and galaxy, where the black hole lives.
Theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, of the California Institute of Technology, and UK-based visual effects firm Double Negative discovered that the photos were primarily concentrated along one edge of the shadow of the black hole.
Explaining the technique, Thorne said, “It is the first time that the effects of caustics have been computed for a camera near a black hole, and the resulting images give some idea of what a person would see if they were orbiting around a hole.”
The discoveries were made possible by the computer code of the team that mapped the paths of light beams as well as their evolving cross-sections as they crossed through the warped spacetime of the black hole.
The computer code was used for the creation of movie’s images of wormhole and the black hole, known as Gargantua, as well as its glittering accretion disk along with unparalleled clarity and smoothness.
The study was detailed in the journal Classical and Quantum Gravity.