Things you should know before watching Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar movie

Have you ever looked up at the amazing stars in the night sky and wondered why they are there? What’s their story? If yes, then Christopher Nolan’s latest Space Sci-Fi movie, Interstellar is for you! Else, you better go to the next nearby screen, the movie is serving some cheap item songs and ridiculous dance steps.

The movie was released on November 7th, and I went to watch it on the same day, only I know how I controlled myself after watching its first trailer few months ago. The 2 hours 50 minutes movie will take you on a ride of space, alien planets, black hole, spaceships, and many other fascinating things.

I am not writing this article as a review of the movie, but to tell you what preparations you should do before watching Interstellar if you really want to understand the concept and the brilliance of the movie. Because the director of the movie, Christopher Nolan has worked closely with the real scientists, astronomers, physicists, mathematicians, and other intellectuals to keep the fiction work real as much as possible. And that is why this movie is not like any other Hollywood science fictions we’ve seen so far.


So, without any more delays, here is the list of things you should know before watching Interstellar:

(I am going to take a lot of references from Wikipedia, official NASA website, Discovery Channel website, Nat Geo website, and few other sources in this article.)

  1. Meaning of movie’s name “Interstellar” – Nolan selected this name because the whole movie is about the Interstellar activities. I am listing most of them here:
  • Interstellar space: the space between stars in a galaxy, and the interstellar medium that permeates it.
  • Interstellar travel: the hypothetical travel between stars using starships, either conventionally or faster-than-light.
  • The interstellar medium: the matter that exists in interstellar space.
  • Interstellar communication: communication, or attempted communication, between inhabitants of different stars, often by radio.
  • Interstellar probe: a robotic probe sent into interstellar space, such as Voyagers 1 & 2.

The movie is basically about Interstellar Space Travel. A beautiful piece can be read on about How Interstellar Space Travel works after reading Wiki info.

  1. Basic Physics and Space Terminology – The movie is filled with lots of Physics and Space related terminologies such as relativity, singularity, quantum physics, black hole, worm hole, gravity etc. The basic info can be obtained from here.
  • What is Physics | Physics Terminology
  • What is Space | Space Terminology
  1. About NASA – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is the United States government agency that is responsible for the civilian space program as well as for aeronautics and aerospace research. More about NASA | Wikipedia page about NASA.
  2. Spacecrafts – A spacecraft is a vehicle, vessel or machine designed to fly in outer space. Spacecraft are used for a variety of purposes, including communications, earth observation, meteorology, navigation, space colonization, planetary exploration, and transportation of humans and cargo. More info here.
  3. Gravitation and Gravity Anomaly.
  4. Wormhole.
  5. Black Hole.
  6. Relativity.
  7. Spacetime Singularity.
  8. Time Travel – Wikipedia | How Time Travel Works | Is time travel possible?
  9. Light Year.
  10. 5 dimensional space.
  11. Morse code.
  12. Human Emotions.


Documentaries & videos to watch on Space

Through The Wormhole: Is Time Travel Possible?

Quantum Theory

Quantum the Microscopic Universe

Spoiler Alert: This infographic is strictly for who has already watched the movie.

I know this is a hell lot of information to consume but in the end I would like to tell you that this article can be used as “Things to look for after watching Interstellar”. Don’t forget to share your experience with us after watching the movie. And Readers who already have watched the movie with full attention can let me know if I have missed anything.