Scientists must really love Sci-Fi movies. So much, that sometimes they get intellectually aroused by ideas that pop up in screenwriters’ minds and start making their own movies. It’s been the case with NASA astrophysicist Jeremy Schnittman that got excited with brothers Nolan script for the movie Interstellar.
Famous director Cristopher Nolan (5 times Oscar nominee) wrote with his less renowned brother Jonathan Nolan several movie scripts. Famous movies such as The Prestige (2006), The Dark Knight (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), and Interstellar (2014). The last one has become the reason for Jeremy Schnittman to test the possibility of a black hole to create a life-friendly environment.
Interstellar is a movie about a team of explorers that travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity’s survival. The film starred Matthew McConaughey and won an Oscar for Best Achievement in Visual Effects.
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Jeremy Schnittman explored and almost confirmed the possibility of a black hole to host extraterrestrial life. He claims that a black hole has enough energy to sustain life, just like the Sun does, due to its accretion discs.
An accretion disk is a structure formed by diffuse material in orbital motion around a massive central body, such as a black hole. Friction causes orbiting material in the disk to spiral inward towards the central body. Gravitational and frictional forces compress and raise the temperature of the material, causing the emission of electromagnetic radiation.
The radiation is usually so significant that it is lethal, so that doesn’t endorse the theory, but hey! The NASA astrophysicist research is tongue-in-cheek, so don’t forget to take it seriously. Although, it might become the reason for scientists to explore black holes for possible ET homes.
A black hole was believed to be a region of spacetime exhibiting gravitational acceleration so strong that nothing—no particles or even electromagnetic radiation such as light—can escape from it. That was until Stephen Hawking said that black-body radiation is predicted to be released by black holes. So, if Einstein could be somewhat proved wrong by Hawking, why not go further into believing that a black hole doesn’t just emit radiation but that radiation can be life-friendly?
“So, one could naturally imagine that replacing the Sun with an accreting black hole might not be the end of life on Earth after all,” said Schnittman. Too bad the Sun won’t turn into a black hole as it is too small. Most likely, when it finishes burning all its hydrogen, the Sun will become a giant white dwarf.