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#17 - I've got a 6 hour comprehensive exam on 8 graduate astrophysic… 05/11/2015 on Finals are coming 0
#454 - Sup? Also, **** the MBTA.  [+] (1 new reply) 02/21/2015 on Where is FJ from? +1
#782 - maeko (02/21/2015) [-]
#268 - Going to read a paper on mass loss in red giant stars, prepare… 02/01/2015 on Sunday plans? +1
#13 - **** cgs units. mks all day erry day. 01/27/2015 on It sounds like a measured... 0
#163 - Are you an astronomer?  [+] (1 new reply) 01/22/2015 on Home Defense 0
User avatar #170 - lightexplain (01/22/2015) [-]
I study astronomy yes.
#55 - This whole scene is kind of silly. See my comment 50. … 11/20/2014 on a few more centuries... +1
#50 - Assuming a non-rotating neutron star makes the math pretty eas…  [+] (2 new replies) 11/20/2014 on a few more centuries... +9
#145 - anon (11/20/2014) [-]
The planet they are on is orbiting a black hole, very close and very quickly
User avatar #70 - ninjalllama (11/20/2014) [-]
hey it's my clever version
#48 - GPS satellites have to account for special relativity too sinc… 11/20/2014 on a few more centuries... 0
#47 - Astrophysics grad student here. They messed up quite …  [+] (6 new replies) 11/20/2014 on a few more centuries... +23
User avatar #159 - Whetstone (11/20/2014) [-]
Maybe I'm wrong, but I also feel like the environment of that first planet close to the black hole was off. If that planet were orbiting that close, the difference in gravity from the surface opposite to the black hole and the difference in gravity from the surface closest to the black hole would cause extreme tidal forces (similar in a way to Jupiter's moon Io) on the planet kneading the planet like dough creating large amounts of heat in its core. And with that, the planet should have been a more hot and volcanic planet.
#116 - lolpakka (11/20/2014) [-]
That whole part smelled like bullshit for me, especially with it's end scene. The smell of the screenwriters sweat while trying to figure out how to make some conflict at last has almost hit my nose.

Why did they visit that planet at all, if they knew about the huge dilatation?
How comes that noone has seen those huge tidal waves from orbit?
Why did they go down in person if that robot could have done the whole job alone, and if they had to go down for some strange reason, why did they start to go on a tour in the 130% gravity on foot, and waste time, if the robot could have rolled out, collect the debris and come back to ship in 20 seconds?
#105 - leadtroll (11/20/2014) [-]
mfw science
User avatar #103 - talldude (11/20/2014) [-]
No, Gargantua was a spinning super-massive black hole, not a neutron star. Kip Thorne himself designed the planet and the black hole so that the science would be correct.
User avatar #92 - capslockrage (11/20/2014) [-]
I really don't think the exact accuracy of their ideas really matters that much, i think the only part that truly counts is that their general ideas are physically possible, in which case they were.

And for the spinning the space craft I think it more along the lines of extremely unlikely rather than impossible, and they didn't slow down the main craft, they just put their small one into a spin to match its speed.
User avatar #132 - durkadurka (11/20/2014) [-]
For the spinning he's saying that the craft will only spin about the docking port if the center of gravity is in line with it. If not the docking port will travel in a circle around the spacecraft's center of gravity when spinning

You could say that losing that part of the spacecraft happened to move the center of gravity in line with the docking port, but that'd mean the thing was initially designed with an off-center center of gravity.

It's also unlikely that the explosion would only spin the craft about one axis, but again not impossible.
#4 - >hard on pirates  [+] (1 new reply) 11/15/2014 on Pirates +1
#11 - isonig (11/15/2014) [-]
Get out.
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