Tuesday, 25 November 2014

"Science of Interstellar" Live-Streamed on Google + Wednesday --Discussion with Three World-Renowned Cosmologists


Interstellar is the latest blockbuster movie about space. Now in a special live Google Hangout, three astrophysicists brush off the popcorn, leave the theater and answer your questions about the “science” in the movie. On Wednesday, November 26, from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST, Mandeep Gill, Eric Miller and Hardip Sanghera — will separate the science of "Interstellar" from its fiction and answer your questions.

Mandeep Gill, an observational cosmologist at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, located at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. His research focuses on gravity's bending of light and the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy.

Eric Miller is a research scientist at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, where he studies diffuse gas to understand the structure of mass and how galaxies interact with their surroundings. He is a member of science and instrument teams for the Chandra and Suzaku X-ray Observatories, with active collaborations in the U.S. and Japan.


Hardip Sanghera is a member of the Cambridge Planck Analysis Centre, based in the Kavli Institute for Cosmology Cambridge.He supports the European Space Agency's space-based Planck observatory, which recently completed mapping the universe's earliest light.

In the opening scenes of Interstellar the Earth is a catastrophic wasteland of dying farms and mile-high dust storms. With just years before facing complete oblivion, humanity needs to find a new planetary home. It’s a “Hail Mary” of a job, and taking it on are four astronauts who must enter a wormhole to find an extremely distant habitable planet suited for a mass exodus.

The movie is already a blockbuster, in part because a lot of thought and attention went into making a film based deep in science and theory. This goes from the look of wormholes to the push-pull of gravity on a planet to the way a black hole might readjust your concept of time. But just how much of the movie is really true to what we know about the universe? And how much of it is, say… creative license?

To find out, Curious Stardust sent three bloggers into the darkness of their neighborhood theaters. And now, on Wednesday, November 26, from 12:00-12:30pm PST, Mandeep Gill, Eric Miller and Hardip Sanghera will separate Interstellar’s science from its fiction. They will also answer your questions in a live Google Hangout.

Submit questions ahead of and during the webcast by emailing info@kavlifoundation.org or by using the hashtag #KavliSciBlog on Twitter or Google+.

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