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Questions tagged [black-hole]

Questions regarding points of extremely high mass density, which creates an extremely strong gravitational field from which light cannot escape.

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How long a photon stay suspended in orbit around a black hole?

Can a black hole free from an accretion disk collect photons in the photon sphere in a prolonged stable orbit? Could enough photons be in orbit to shade the actual black hole with light? Would a ...
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Is this a black hole?

While researching about galaxies in Google sky, I came upon a strange area. Co-ordinates: 11h 6m 15.0 seconds | -77° 22' 9.8" A lot of space around this body is empty, is there a possibility that ...
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Is an elliptical orbit around a black hole, or an orbit consisting of three bodies (including the black hole) possible?

If this is possible, would it then lead to an object undergoing varying time dilation (predictable variation with elliptical and random variation with three body)?
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Shouldn't we not be able to see some black holes?

Whenever there is a picture of a black hole, (even though they are artist depictions, this is how they are described) most are shown kind of in a flat disk like this. My question is, why do we see ...
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Do falling bodies ever slow down?

I've had some discussions recently about black holes, and the issue of infalling bodies taking forever to reach the event horizon. That's essentially what Einstein said in his 1939 paper on a ...
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Infalling observer could never cross Black Hole event horizon? [duplicate]

I have an interest in cosmology, but I would no way consider myself an expert. It would be great if the more knowledgeable contributors would be able to answer the question I have posed. The intense ...
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Time Dilation and Particle Decay

I am teaching myself astronomy and I'm working on a basic problem regarding time dilation around black holes. The question is basically this: if a neutron were ejected from a nucleus at a distance of ...
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Why doesn't the vertical light beam get out of a black hole?

I'm asking this question as a follow-up to if light has no mass why is it affected by gravity? Imagine you’re standing on a gedanken planet, shining a laser beam straight up into space. The light ...
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How far away was the binary black hole that produced GW170729?

GW170729 was gravitational wave signal's detected by the Virgo and LIGO detectors. I read the following in a news report: Known as GW170729, in accordance with the date of its discovery (in US ...
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preserve information in a black hole

How is information preserved on the surface of a black hole? Is there an compression algorithm for storing the information? What if there is a uniformaly complex object dropped to the black hole? ...
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What is the exact meaning of vicinity of Black hole or a disk? the same as inside?

What is the exact meaning of vicinity of Blackhole or a disk? Is this the same as inside the horizon for black holes? If so, why people don't say inside of BH, simply. What is the difference? I use ...
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Is it possible for particles to be accelerated FTL inside BH travelling towards the singularity? [closed]

Maybe just maybe it is possible for a particle to travel FLT inside of black hole because of the singularity gravitational force This could be due to the fabric of space it self falling towards the ...
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Is the Bondi Radius the Same as the Schwarzschild radius?

$$2MG/c^2$$ This is the expression for both, but some authors use one name and it has confused me. Is there any distinction?
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Can blackholes appear white and black? [closed]

Depending on the angle you view a black hole could it appear white, black or grey? Excluding how the gravitational lensing would make all the light emitted either red or blue shifted creating a ...
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Could a distant black hole (detected due to its mass) be in reality a Dyson sphere?

When the black hole is only detected due to its gravitational effects on other stars and their light, could it be possible that it is in reality a working Dyson sphere? It would still have at least ...
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Need help with a simple Blackhole question

Suppose the amount of mass in a black hole doubles. Does the event horizon change? If so, how much does it change?
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How do black hole spinning at speed of light expose its singularity?

Black hole can spin very rapidly something about conserving momentum once a massive star used up its fuel and collapsed under it own weight, if black hole can spin at speed of light it could expose ...
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What can I learn from, or notice in the LIGO Orrery video?

The Ars Technica article Physicists detected gravitational waves from four new black-hole mergers notes that This brings the total number of events detected by LIGO and Virgo to 11. It also has a ...
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Can hawking radiation be eaten by another blackhole?

Just a theory, from this video. At last, only the black holes are gonna exist and even they'll decay because of hawkings radiation. As black holes emit hawkings radiation, then if one emits it, ...
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Does a gravitational wave loses energy over distance?

How does a gravitational wave travel over vast distances without losing its energy? Could they go on forever as long as the Space? Thank you
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Black hole, escape velocity, going up?

I do know nothing can escape a black hole, and I understand popsci explanation of geodesics of space-time around and inside the event horizon. I however have some trouble with following thought ...
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How to convert factors of time dilation into something relatable? [duplicate]

On this post, Time according to the gravity of Sagittarius A? They found the factor of time on the varying distances from the SMBH, I am curious on how to turn those factors into relatable terms ...
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How does a blackhole burp?

Recently on the discovery channel I heard that a black hole burps matter out of it when it consumes more than it could process at a time. Given that even light cannot escape from a black hole, how ...
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How many fluorescent iron lines?

An iron atom has 26 electrons. Its 6.4 KeV line is a fluorescent line. There are 6.7 and 6.9 KeV lines also. How do they form? An electron from which energy level fills in which energy level? Is there ...
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Do all galaxies have a black hole in the center?

Would I be correct if I stated that all galaxies have a black hole in the center? Since other galaxies orbit around a center point in a galaxy - the barycenter, right? - I would assume at this point ...
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Could Planet Nine be a tiny black hole or an exotic compact object such that it escaped detection? What would its bounds be?

Planet Nine (a variant of the old X-Planet and Tyche-Thelistos hypothesis) proposes a super-earth planet at the edges of the solar system with a mass of around ten Earths. However, given the interest ...
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Since gravity is like an indent on a piece of paper (the space/time matrix) to a marble, can the black hole eventually suck in the matrix?

Can a black hole suck in time? People claim that if you were to put a bowling ball on a trampoline and rolled much smaller balls through the deppression, some would stay in "orbit", some would roll ...
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Could a black hole pass quiescently through the Oort cloud?

Imagine a stellar-mass black hole passing through the Oort cloud, perhaps a quarter to half a light-year from the Sun. How black would the black hole be? That is, any matter that fell into the black ...
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What cosmic disaster is most likely to happen? [closed]

Of all the different ways that the Earth can be destroyed what ways is the most likely that could happen?
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Could Black holes forge heavier elements that have yet to be discovered?

Observations The heaviest elements known in abundance in nature are forged deep within stars. These elements are made possible by the high densities/pressures within the stars. Black holes are known ...
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Once a black hole is formed, is there anything other than Hawking radiation which shortens its life?

Hawking radiation is supposed to very slowly evaporate a black hole (terms and conditions apply :] ). Apart from Hawking radiation, is there any mechanism or effect that can make a black hole cease ...
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How does the center of a black hole can contain so much mass? [duplicate]

We know that "In the center of a black hole is a gravitational singularity, a one-dimensional point which contains a huge mass in an infinitely small space, where density and gravity become ...
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Movement of the Sun in space

Does the Sun undergo any cycles or revolutions approximately every 24,000 years or 8.6 million years? In Hinduism it is believed that the Sun revolves in an elliptical orbit around a large mass at ...
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Astrophysical Jet Size?

I am wondering about what is the estimated size of astrophysical jet that shoots out from a black hole, I don’t know if it is determined by the size of a black hole. What would classify a black hole ...
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What is Propeller Effect exactly?

I find the original reference seems to be here. I still do not understand the mechanism. It is necessarily occur in neutron binaries? Anyone can introduce it in detail? This paper is old.
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What exactly is the accretion disk?

Is it really possible for material such as dust, gas and other stellar debris that come near the black hole, doesn't fall into it, instead forms a flattened band of spinning material?
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Why can't a quasistar exist now?

From my research, I found out that quasistars theoretically existed because of a black hole core whose radiation pressure counteracted gravity within the star. However, a few websites stated that ...
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Can black holes be used as an energy source

I’ve heard that black hole will be rotating continuously which stores a huge amount of energy in its rotation. Will this energy be accessible, since the rotation is imposed on the space outside the ...
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Are black holes really black? [closed]

I don’t think that black holes are really black as they are the only ones who have the capacity to bend light. At the centre of the black hole the laws of physics are totally defied, black holes ...
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Has the Penrose process ever been linked to an observed phenomenon in some way?

This answer mentions the Penrose process as a potential mechanism that could change the axis of the orbital angular momentum of an accretion disk around a black hole away from the original axis of the ...
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Star - Black Hole binary. Star core Collapses. Does the black hole immediately grow from neutrinos?

I was reading on how Type II Supernovae release as much as 99% of their energy as neutrinos. So I was thinking: suppose there was a large star and black hole binary system, but the two were not close ...
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Black Holes and Worm Holes [closed]

Can a Black Hole enter inside a Worm hole? If yes then what will a observer observe if it present at the another side of Worm hole?
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What defines the plane of an accretion disk around a black hole?

This may be a noob question, your patience is appreciated. The question Do we know at which angle the Event Horizon Telescope will look at the accretion disk of Sagittarius A*? about just how close ...
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Black-hole becoming a star again - follow-up question [closed]

Some questions have been posed about black holes becoming stars again once they attract enough hydrogen/atomic matter from another star. Some answers were a forceful NO. Never. However - let's ponder ...
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What fractions of matter are retained and displaced by quasars?

Following on from a query concerning quasar mass, what fraction of matter is ejected compared to matter that is lost to the BH? Is there a graph that describes the fractions of the mass of quasars ...
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Why is the Innermost Stable Circular Orbit (ISCO) of a non-rotating black-hole 3 times the Schwarzschild radius?

If anyone has a derivation of this result, it would be appreciated greatly.
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What is the actual black hole merger speed?

I have seen models of 2 black hole mergers. https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/16/16665132/gravitational-waves-ligo-virgo-black-holes-merger-multi-messenger-astronomy When we see a space ship appear ...
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Can “rogue” supermassive black holes be made this way?

Could two galaxies (one big and one small)intersect at a velocity to allow the smaller black hole to escape but not the galaxy around it?
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What is the fastest a galaxy or other body has been measured to (or can) travel?

Our solar system travels at an average speed of 515,000 mph and our galaxy at 1.3 million mph through space. What is the fastest moving body in space recorded and the fastest can a black hole or ...
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How do isolated binary compact systems survive their formational supernovae?

In a broad sense I'm trying to understand how a binary black hole or neutron star systems can form from isolated binary massive star systems (i.e., other than from migration within rich BH/NS clusters)...