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Are black holes actually colliding wormholes?


Posted on Monday, 18 June, 2018 | Comment icon 7 comments

Black holes may not be quite what they seem. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Kjordand
Scientists have put forward the possibility that what we think of as a black hole may be something else entirely.
Few cosmic phenomena remain as frightening and mysterious as black holes - regions of space in which the gravitational pull is so great that nothing, not even light itself, can escape.

But while there is a great deal of evidence to support the idea that black holes exist, these intriguing stellar phenomena continue to pose a number of theoretical problems, leading some researchers to question whether our understanding of what black holes actually are is correct.

One possibility that has been gaining traction recently is that black holes are actually wormholes - theoretical 'tunnels' through space that have been speculated about for years.
What's more, a recent study has indicated that the gravitational waves produced by the collision of two wormholes would be very similar to those already picked up from the merging of two black holes.

Future gravitational wave detectors should eventually be able to tell the difference between the two.

"Now it's the time to take seriously the possibility that there are other objects which can be as massive and compact as black holes," said physicist Vitor Cardoso from the University of Lisbon.

"This is one of the most exciting things we can do with gravitational waves."

Source: Live Science | Comments (7)


Tags: Black Hole, Wormhole


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by pallidin on 18 June, 2018, 18:53
Huh. Interesting. Looking forward to new findings...
Comment icon #2 Posted by EBE Hybrid on 18 June, 2018, 19:43
I wonder if the singularity at the heart of a black hole is, rather than just a point of infinite mass occupying an infinitely small space is actually an inversion point. As the gravitational effect of the black hole increases the closer that matter gets to the singurlarity it is eventually destroyed until it becomes pure energy. Mathmatecally the singurlarity represents a zero point which mathematics doesn't like. however rather than a zero point perhaps it is an inversion point bridging the greater universe and the quantum universe. After all, all of the quantum particles that spring in and ... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by Susanc241 on 19 June, 2018, 7:24
Where is Stephen Hawking when you need him? (RIP)
Comment icon #4 Posted by Tom the Photon on 20 June, 2018, 8:32
Selected quotes from the linked article (my emphasis added): they could produce a new paper suggests some physicists have suggested that event horizons don't exist black holes actually could be a host of speculative black-hole-like objects physicists hypothesized that if two wormholes collided like all wormholes, they're highly speculative In other words - let's not get too excited by this report.  The 'wormholes' physicists talk about are nothing like the intergalactic gateways of science fiction where we can zip around the Universe effortlessly.  Please read the original article at https://l... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by paperdyer on 20 June, 2018, 20:42
This almost sounds like scientists want to worry about black holes than the 3 asteroids that no one detected recently that came fairly close to the Earth.  I know which one I'd worry about more, first.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Calibeliever on 26 June, 2018, 17:05
I'm guessing we have enough scientists in the world that 'they' can do both at the same time by splitting up tasks among themselves. There are some very smart people thinking about the asteroid problem but they could use a bit more funding and equipment.
Comment icon #7 Posted by paperdyer on 26 June, 2018, 18:57
We'll just put the new Space Force in orbit to guard our borders, eh I mean planet.


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