'Interstellar' Visual Effects Team Publishes Black Hole Study

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The special effects that power the sci-fi blockbuster "Interstellar" are helping researchers better understand supermassive black holes and other real-world cosmic phenomena.

The "Interstellar" visual-effects crew has published a scientific study describing the computer code that brought to life the wormhole and enormous black hole, dubbed "Gargantua," that played central roles in the film.

The study, which came out Friday (Feb. 13) in the journal Classical and Quantum Gravity, details how the computer code — called Double Negative Gravitational Renderer, or DNGR — helped construct a scientifically accurate view of Gargantua, by mapping out how millions of light beams travel through the warped space-time surrounding the black hole. [The Science of 'Interstellar' Explained (Infographic)]

The supermassive black hole Gargantua plays a major role in the 2014 sci-fi blockbuster "Interstellar."Paramount Pictures