5 Scientific Flaws Behind Interstellar (and the things it got right!)

There is no denying that Interstellar is certainly one of the best blockbuster films released this year. It tries to tackle some of the important questions which our species will face when we begin to look towards the stars and travel outwards from our little planet; Which is excellent. The main one being how traversing such large distances seen in space can take many years; it touches these topics by both showing the aging of characters throughout the film, and by the introduction of worm holes.

Funzim will now present 5 areas of science which Interstellar may have used its artistic license on a little! Not to say there is anything wrong with the film, only to open the debate – which is what we are here to do!

1. Wormholes do not exist*

*as far as we know! In the movie our heroes utilise a wormhole in order to travel the vast distances of space. A wormhole that is conveniently located near the orbit of Saturn.  Simply, wormholes bend the fabric of space-time in order to reduce the physical distance, this allows the trip to be much much shorter!



In reality, there is no direct evidence that wormholes exist. Attempting to provide an explanation about how one might form and work on a macroscale currently only resides in the realm of science fiction.

It has been said of the film that it wouldn’t work without the inclusion of the wormhole. On one hand this is true. The film would have been different if the main characters had to enter some kind of cryo-sleep in order to not become extremely old when they arrive!

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