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Spoiler Alert! Excellent 'Interstellar' Timeline Infographic Discovered

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November 10, 2014
Source: Behance

Interstellar Timeline

Need additional explanation? Look no further. But watch out - we have to slap a huge SPOILER ALERT on this post, as it's pretty much the "explain everything" breakdown that should be ignored until you've seen it. With Christopher Nolan's sci-fi Interstellar now playing in theaters, fans are already breaking down and analyzing the complex plot of his sci-fi space exploration adventure movie. For those that have seen it and are ready to delve into it further, this beautiful infographic from Turkish designer Dogan Can Gundogdu (@dcgundogdu) shows the paths of each astronaut and explains a lot of "what happens" in the big picture. Again, this is only for those who have seen the movie already! Final warning: there are big spoilers below.

Here's the timeline infographic for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar direct from Dogan Can's Behance page:

Interstellar Timeline Infographic

For more graphics work by Dogan Can Gundogdu visit his design website at frame-tale.com. Clarifying the plot in this way was is impressive to see after only one weekend in release, but that's why I love the internet.

That certainly does recap and break down the Interstellar plot correctly, showing us the path of everyone involved in the Endurance mission. For those who may be confused by what exactly happened or how it all plays into the rest of the story, this may help you get a better idea of the overall plot and the path of each of the characters. After Inception was released, a handful of infographics were made explaining the dream-within-a-dream concept of that cerebral Nolan movie. For even more in-depth discussion on Interstellar including spoilers and theories, please read through our Sound Off post. Does this explanation help?

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  • OfficialJab
    It was 67 Earth years when they got to Mann's planet? That doesn't seem right. How long do the messages take to arrive to them through the hole?
  • jay
    this was much more confusing to me than the film.
    • OfficialJab
      I feel like it could be displayed with just 2 lines, one for the Endurance measured in hours/days, and a parallel line for Earth measured with years, and that would explain it up until Book World.
      • jay
        haha, i agree. Frankly i dont think there was ever a point in the film where i really was confused about the timeline.
  • Isildur_of_Numenor
    It should have said wormhole instead of black hole, Gargantua is the black hole. Not sure about the 67 years bit either. Other than that, this is pretty cool.
    • Yea that 67, maybe if you calculated it correctly (123 years, minus 23 minus...). Also - I've asked for an updated version with that wormhole text fixed.
      • DAVIDPD
        *Pushes up glasses* Aw yis, AB. Get IT!!~
      • redtie
        Cooper's Station should be equal in distance to Edmund's planet. Murphy's voiceover at the end mentions that Dr. Brand is probably just experiencing the first sunrise. The Earth is experiencing time much faster than the other side of the worm hole. The poster makes very little sense with time relative to Earth and then having the Earth events very close together. Also, it did not take 44 years to get to Dr. Mann's planet. The time bump should be way bigger in Gargantua. Probably should have done another hash at Mann's Planet. And the wormhole takes nearly no time at all to transverse. This is unless I missed how long the wormhole took.
      • cooper
        Well the 67 years encompasses the time from leaving Miller's planet to after slingshotting by Gargantua which are represented as those tick marks on the Earth years dotted line. The huge time lapse occurred because of the slingshot around Gargantua and that's shown by the bell curve under Gargantua on this graph the same way the 23 year period has a bell curve by Miller's planet on this chart.
        • Isildur_of_Numenor
          I guess I was confused about the text "67 years" being placed higher than the bell curve and not inside the bell curve, like with the "23 years" text. Because that time passes during the slingshot maneuver. From Miller's planet to Mann's planet and then to Gargantua not much time passes on Earth (a few days tops?). The bell curve is placed correctly though and that's when the 67 years pass.
  • DAVIDPD
    Needs more CASE.
  • nomad82
    the whole "reaching back in time" bullsh*t killed it for me... after all the work to make the science portion credible they inject this crap... there simply is no sych thing as going back in time... the past is gone ... there is nothing to "go back" into... otherwise a pretty entertaining film...
    • Maria Confort
      Hi there! :) I believe that the movie is a science fiction production. Therefor, I think that the writer has the freedom to create his own theory to guide the story into a brilliant and emocional path, even though his theory has no proven scientific basis. I believe that this is how you give heart to a movie like that. Sorry for my english! :) :*
    • Kaitain
      No, that is incorrect. Certainly according to the B-theory of time, with which a slight majority of astrophysicists agree. You're treating it as some kind of cop-out or deus ex machina, whereas it's THE CENTRAL PLANK OF THE ENTIRE NARRATIVE. It's logical loop, which seems unintuitive to us, but is not at all contradictory. It's simply that in a few parts of the 4D hypercube, truth relationships hold between non-adjacent points. (We would call this 'time travel'.) This means that the entirety of the universe must exist as a single, unchanging four-dimensional block. (This is essentially what's represented - in a necessarily half-baked way - in the tesseract.) This furthermore entails that the entire history of the universe must already exist, and there was no true "beginning" or "end" to that universe. It should be thought of as being more like the westernmost and easternmost points in a spacial structure. The passage of time is essentially a subjective notion, just as tracing your finger along a static sine wave drawn on a page gives you the subjective feeling that the wave moves up and down. But how did such an elaborate setup come to be? The movie subscribes (subtly) to the notion that every possible universe will exist simply because it CAN exist. This is why the Murphy's Law idea is spotlighted at the start of the film (although its significance is clear only in retrospect, and if you're paying attention): anything that CAN happen WILL happen. A time loop CAN happen in a 4D hypercube, so in one possible incarnation it WILL happen.

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