Questions tagged [interstellar]

For questions about the film Interstellar, a 2014 film directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain. This tag is not to be used for travel between galactic bodies.

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Bootstrap Paradox in Interstellar

So, the plausible explanation to who put the wormhole and the tesseract in the place is But this explanation raises another question and yet another (similar) paradox. Question - Paradox - ...
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Interstellar — Black hole manipulation?

Some things have confused me about the black hole in Interstellar. Namely: How did Cooper ever leave the black hole once he was inside it? How was Cooper able to suspend in the tesseract? Something ...
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Was the time dilation caused by Miller's planet or the close proximity to the Gargantua black hole?

In the movie Interstellar, is the time dilation the team suffers on the water planet Miller caused by the proximity of the planet to Gargantua or by the planet's gravitational pull? In the beginning ...
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In Interstellar, how could you build a space colony without bringing the Blight with you?

In Interstellar, there is a Blight destroying all the world's crops. If Plan A involves launching a space colony, presumably full of crops, etc., how could they avoid bringing the Blight with them?
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Who exactly constructed the tesseract room in Interstellar?

At the end of the movie—or the beginning; take your pick—Cooper ends up in a room that is a three-dimensional projection of a five-dimensional object behind his bookshelf. This five-dimensional room ...
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Why did the Endurance crew bother landing on Miller's planet?

After the events on Miller's planet, it seems to come as a revelation to Brand that The crew of the Endurance, even when they were back at NASA headquarters, had all the information they needed to ...
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Why will data from a black hole solve the gravity problem?

In Interstellar, the team hopes that data collected from the inside of a black hole will solve “the gravity problem” (presumably the question of how to get a massive space station to escape the Earth’...
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What precisely was the discovery facilitated at the end of Interstellar?

Near the end of Interstellar, (HUGE and nearly utter SPOILERS follow): What was the discovery? What was the problem that needed to be solved?
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Interstellar and spaghettification in the black hole

I don't understand why the ship didn't suffer spaghettification when entering the black hole. What was the explanation for this?
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How fast is Miller's planet orbiting Gargantua in the movie Interstellar?

In the movie Interstellar, Miller's planet is so close to the black hole that it experiences severe time dilation - one hour on the planet is seven years for every one else. The planet is (...
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Time dilation effects near the end of the movie

There are two main occurrences of time dilation having effect in the movie: Having said that,
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Interstellar: Can someone explain the ending? [duplicate]

I don't know an awful lot about physics but I'm educated enough and have read/watched/played enough SciFi to understand the basics. It is my understanding that oxygen is running out causing people to ...
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What exactly was the strategy in Plan B?

In Interstellar, I figure that the initial plan probably involved the full crew, but even so...am I missing something?
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Interstellar: non-breaking waves on Miller

When watching the part where they go down to Miller, I was bothered by the fact that the waves didn't break despite the fact that the water level is ostensibly only knee-deep (roughly, a wave starts ...
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Why had humanity not visited this planet?

I've been thinking about this since I saw the movie a few weeks ago and I haven't been able to put my finger on a definitive answer so I figured I'd ask here. At the end of Interstellar Why hadn't ...
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Is the wormhole still open?

We witness the closure of the tesseract once Coop successfully sends the singularity data back to Murph. And then it appears that Coop is sent back through the wormhole to our home galaxy. Is the ...
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Why didn't Cooper use his laptop?

The question Why Coop doesn't control a pencil to communicate directly using gravity? reminded me to ask another similar question: Cooper had a laptop. Why did he not try to send his messages ...
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Why Coop doesn't control a pencil to communicate directly using gravity?

In the movie Interstellar, Coop uses the watch he gave to his daughter as a communication mean. He can do that since he masters gravity. He can also drop books to send Morse messages, etc. Gravity is ...
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How long could Miller's Planet remain in orbit [closed]

In Christopher Nolan's movie Interstellar, Miller's Planet is in orbit around a supermassive black hole affectionately (??) called Gargantua. Miller's Planet orbiting Gargantua: It is orbiting "at ...
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Where is this character going at the end of Interstellar?

Towards the end of the movie Later, I don't understand what he expects to find there. Wouldn't
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How did the crew survive the docking to Endurance?

In order to successfully dock the spinning Endurance spacecraft, they had to synchronise with it and TARS informed them that Endurance’s spin was ~70RPM. Wiki gives this formula for calculating ...
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The atmosphere and landscape of Edmunds

Here is a panoramic view of Edmunds (in Interstellar), or at least where Edmunds (the man) landed. Dr. Amelia Brand is in the foreground, at his grave. There is no sign of life besides Dr. Brand ...
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In Interstellar, how can 60-year-old robots interface with the new Ranger spacecraft?

Correct me if I'm wrong but in the movie the main character due to relativity spends 60+ years away from the rest of the world. When thay start the journey they take the robots with them. 60 years ...
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How does Miller's planet in Interstellar have such huge time dilation yet such a small gravitational force? [duplicate]

In Interstellar, the crew of the Endurance experience extreme time dilation (7 years to an hour) on Miller's planet, due to its proximity to a black hole. However, they only feel 130% of Earth's ...