Black holes, like the collapse of a cavity in …

Black holes, like the collapse of a cavity in a fluid, are a singularity – a point where the mathematical rules we use to describe physical systems break down. No one knows what exists in a black hole, but the short film “Intra” explores one theory – that the exit to a black hole is a white hole, a singularity from which time and space themselves are born. The journey from one to the other is illustrated in the film with CGI visualizations of a black hole (a la Interstellar) and with fluid dynamical sequences depicting diffusion and chemical reactions driving flows. Although no true white holes have ever been observed, there are fluid dynamical analogs for them, namely circular hydraulic jumps, like the one you can make in your kitchen sink!  (Video credit: T. Vanz et al.)