Can you make sense of Interstellar?

The new movie Interstellar was directed by Christopher Nolan, who has brought us a series of mind-twisting films like Inception. This one revolves around human space travel through wormholes and black holes, and the distortion of time. Einstein’s relativity is so central to the plot that he’s repeatedly mentioned by name: juicy stuff for geeks like me.

Most folks will leave the theater with their heads spinning. Already, astronomers are being asked whether all those plot elements are really true. Let’s take a look.

Well, black holes do exist. And a wormhole . . .

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