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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Does matter accumulate just outside the event horizon of a black hole?

My understanding is that time slows and approaches stopping when approaching the event horizon of a black hole. I have seen this explained several places, including a brief explanation in the last ...
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What is a singularity? What is at the center of a black hole? Specifically regarding space-time

So because I can only really think of space-time in 2-dimensions like a sheet of something, my assumptions might be wrong to begin with. I was watching a YouTube video on black-holes and there was a ...
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How does the Event Horizon Telescope implement the interferometry?

The BBC article Event Horizon Telescope ready to image black hole describes the Event Horizon Telescope, a coordinated observing technique with several radio telescope arrays across the globe forming ...
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Is our universe included inside a black hole? [duplicate]

This question repetitively comes to my mind but I've never found any good scientist article to argue about it, only esoteric or speculative web articles without much valuable background. So let's ...
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How are black holes found?

Black holes have so much gravity that even light can't escape from them. If we can't see them, and the suck up all electromagnetic radiation, then how can we find them?
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Would time go by infinitely fast when crossing the event horizon of a black hole?

If you were to fall into a black hole, my understanding is that from your reference point, time would speed up (looking out to the rest of the universe), approaching infinity when approaching the ...
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Maximum spin rate of a black hole?

I have just been watching a podcast called "Deep Astronomy" and the discussion was about a super fast spinning black hole discovered with the NuSTAR space observatory. This black hole was modeled with ...
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M87 Black hole. Why can we see the blackness?

So, as the title states, why are we able to actually see the 'blackness' of the black hole? I get that what we are actually seeing is the event horizon, or accretion disk. But should this not extend ...
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Escaping a black hole

I often hear that nothing can escape a black hole because its "escape velocity" is greater than c. If that is accurate, what about the following? I know that the following has a lot of most ...
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Collision of 2 black holes

There is a large number of visible Supernovas. Each week - about a 20 Supernovas Type 1a around the Universe. Is there collisions of Black Holes? What is this collision called? E.g. 2 black holes ...
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How can a supermassive black hole cause so much energy to enlighten its matter when its massive gravity prevents light to escape?

To cite the German newpaper article Astronomen beobachten erwachendes Schwarzes Loch: Das Materie-Monster sitzt den Angaben zufolge im Herzen der 42 Millionen Lichtjahre entfernten Polarring-Galaxie ...
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Parent stars of our Sun - Where are its remains?

This is in a way related to this question. Question is: Our star is third generation star, which is explained by existing Barium. That Barium was created by other stars. Now, those stars must have ...
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Is it possible that a ultra-large portion of the space we live in is already inside a black hole? How could we refute this?

Trying to wrap my head around some concepts involving the very large gravitational fields of black holes, and what the gravitational gradients look like on a cosmic scale. I'm familiar with the Great ...
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Has Hawking Radiation Ever Been Observed?

I know Hawking Radiation has firm theoretical footing, but has a signal ever actually been observed? What observational research is being done to attempt to see this effect? Is it simply too tall an ...
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Why did the big bang not just produce a big black hole?

Questions I've often wondered about: If all the matter and energy were concentrated at a single point at the big bang, why wasn't that a black hole, or why didn't it form one? If the reason #1 above ...
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Why not take a picture of a closer black hole?

There are closer galaxies than Messier 87 for sure, even ours! It sparked my curiosity that they went with one 53 million light years away. Is there a reason for this?
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Orbiting around a black hole

Is it possible (for either a satellite or a planet) to orbit around a black hole? Do they attract everything around themselves into the center? Or they just affect gravitational force just like stars?
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Why do black holes have jets and accretion disks?

If supermassive black holes possess the gravity required to prevent the escape of photons and other mass particles, why do jets and accretion disks form? They seem to indicate that something is ...
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What defines the plane of an accretion disk around a black hole?

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 to edge-on we would be viewing any accretion disk around the ...
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Do black hole singularities actually merge?

new questioner here so please be gentle. Do the singularities of merging black holes actually merge together? I mean there are 2 infinitely small objects (singularities) that are trying to find each ...
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What is the "hypothesized lower mass gap" between 2.5 and 5 solar masses?

Searching here for "mass gap" yields nothing yet. Penn State's Black hole or neutron star? LIGO-Virgo scientists find mystery object in 'mass gap' begins: When the most massive stars die, ...
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Why do Black Holes in the middle of galaxies not suck up the whole galaxy?

As stated in several sources, it's supposed that in every galaxy there is a black hole in the middle. My question is, why do these black holes in the middle of galaxies not suck up all the ...
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Why can't light escape from a black hole?

I've heard that light can't escape from a black hole. Can it? If not, why?
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Would a black hole evaporate via Hawking radiation before you fall past the event horizon?

It takes an infinite amount of time for something to fall past the event horizon of a black hole from the perspective of someone outside the event horizon. Black holes also evaporate after a finite ...
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Black Hole / Hawking Radiation: Why only capture anti-particle?

I may have some specifics wrong here. If so, don't focus on those. Just focus on the general thrust of my question. I "understand" (cough) that particle/anti-particle pairs form spontaneously in ...
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Can an entire star pass through the event horizon of a black hole unharmed?

Can there be any black hole big enough that a regular sized star can pass through its event horizon unharmed?
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Why can't supermassive black holes merge? (or can they?)

The CNet article Astronomers discover two supermassive black holes in a death spiral links to Discovery of a Close-separation Binary Quasar at the Heart of a z ~ 0.2 Merging Galaxy and Its ...
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Statistically, what would the average distance of the closest black hole be?

The closest confirmed black hole is several thousand light years away from earth. Our galaxy has about 100 billion stars. I didn't find any reliable information on the black hole count of ratio versus ...
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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 a photon have a stable 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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Mass of black holes compared to parent star

What is the range of percentage mass of parent star left in a stellar black hole directly after its formation? What factors determine this number for a specific case?
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Do Roche limits apply to black holes?

Consider black hole A, a super massive black hole at the center of the galaxy. Orbiting it is black hole B, a much less massive black hole. If some passing body were to modify black hole B's orbit ...
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Does a black hole become a normal star again?

Stars which exceed the Tolman-Oppenheimer-Volkoff limit can become a black hole. What happens to star after it becomes a black hole? Does it regain its status of star?
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Can things move faster than light inside the event horizon of a black hole?

Black Holes are regions of space where things get weird [Citation Needed]. Past the event horizon of a black hole, any moving particle instantaneously experiences a gravitational acceleration towards ...
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What is a wormhole?

I have learned that there are white holes and black holes in the universe, but I am confused as to what a wormhole is. Is it a tunnel that connects black and white holes?
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How far away is the nearest compact star remnant likely to be?

Neutron stars and black holes are hard to detect when they are solitary, and there seems to be big uncertainties about how common they are. White dwarfs are much easier to detect and the nearest one ...
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How would a small nearby black hole be detected and confirmed as such?

This article suggests that there might be a tennis ball-sized black hole orbiting the Sun somewhere beyond the orbit of Neptune. According to the article, observational anomalies of trans-Neptunian ...
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How do OGLE-III and GAIA measure the mass of free microlensing black holes?

What is the "hypothesized lower mass gap" between 2.5 and 5 solar masses? eventually links to Constraining the masses of microlensing black holes and the mass gap with Gaia DR2. The angle of ...
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Symmetry in Hawking radiation?

I have a question concerning how Hawking radiation works. As I understand, a pair of particle-antiparticle may pop to existence near the event horizon (from a virtual particle). Then it might happen ...
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Can Hawking Radiation ever be detected and does it exist? [duplicate]

I'm researching black hole Hawking radiation for a contest, and so far I get the overall gist of how the process works. But as far as I've searched, there hasn't been any confirmed observational ...
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Universe and black holes

I know that the radius of the observable universe is about 46.6 billion light years and is expanding at every instant of time due to dark energy . So is it possible that we our entire universe could ...
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What if hypothetically Ton 618 could have been a star

Assuming Ton 618, the largest ultra massive black hole wasn’t the result of feasting on near by matter but was hypothetically once a single star body. How large in terms of size would TON 618 have ...
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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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What will happen if a black hole appears near our solar system?

We know that a black hole possesses immense power and can destroy anything coming in front of its path. If such a black hole appears near our solar system, are we going to survive? Is there any way ...
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How does neutron star collapse into black hole?

We know the spectacular explosions of supernovae, that when heavy enough, form black holes. The explosive emission of both electromagnetic radiation and massive amounts of matter is clearly observable ...
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If two black hole event horizons overlap (touch) can they ever separate again?

Hypothetical question based on my understanding that two event horizons that overlap (touch) can't ever separate again: Imagine a 1 billion solar mass black hole (so the event horizon is massive and ...
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How do we know that black holes are spinning?

How is it possible to know if a black hole is spinning or not? If a planet is spinning, you can see it clearly but you can't really see a black hole. Next thing would be that matter interacts with ...
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Can our Sun become a black hole

Does every star become a black hole? Is there any probability that our sun can become a black hole? If yes then is it on its way to become a black hole? what is the current state of sun as per the ...
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Can Newton's gravity equation explain why black holes are so strong?

I was just wondering why black hole's gravitational forces are so powerful. I know it's usually explained by Einstein's relativity which states that when an object becomes infinitely dense (a compact ...
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Why does gas form a star instead of a black hole?

When a space gas gets pulled together a star is formed. On the other hand, when a massive star dies, it collapses to a black hole. You would think that the initial mass of the gas would be bigger ...