I'm sorry Dave, I'm afrai.... no, not that one,
So, in some ways this movie, Interstellar, reminds me a lot of other space movies we have watched this semester. Though the resemblance is much closer to 2001 than Star Trek. Where Star Trek goes to great lengths to appease fans and Hollywood rather than physics, 2001 and Interstellar went to great lengths to keep the physics intact, with only minor gimme's for Hollywood's sake. Of course, that is ignoring the whole, "Fall into a black hole, discover it is a created 3-D tesseract designed by super advanced humans some indeterminately long time in the future just to make sure Matthew McConaughey got to send a message to his daughter that saved the human species" ridiculousness. (Time paradox anyone?)
|Location of Miller's orbit|
In Kip's book on the physics of the movie, he states that in order to have that much time dilation, The planet has to be incredibly close to the black hole. We already knew that, but Kip goes into a bit more of the implications there of. So, in the movie we see the giant waves that seem to circle the planet and pass by any given point once every hour, based on time given in the movie.
|Any one up for some handegg?|
Instead, Kip proposes the planet is tidally locked to Gargantua, but rocks back and forth. If this is the case, then a possible explanation is a phenomena called tidal bores. In essence, tidal bores are what happens when the tide changes rapidly enough or with enough force to create waves that move with the tide. On earth, these are at times spectacular, but rarely devastating or dangerous to those outside of the flow of the water. However, a tidal bore caused by Gargantua's massive gravity, could result in the massive, 4,000 ft tall waves every hour.
|Tidal Bore on Earth|