The Bottom Of A Black Hole

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Space isn’t genuinely the in conclusion frontier; rather the within of a Black Hole that’s within of infinite genuinely is the in conclusion frontier. Only the insanely suicidal postulate boldly go as well as explore, equally it’s unlikely that the innards of a Black Hole volition go a pop tourist attraction for many a millennia to come upward – if ever.

Okay, nosotros conduct hold a depressed, suicidal, boldly going spaceship pilot, as well as she’s determined to go out inwards a blaze of glory as well as brand her grade inwards the history books. No ordinary suicide for this woman! It’s across the case horizon threshold as well as downwards the hatch of a Black Hole. I postulate betoken out hither as well as explicate that technical term ‘event horizon’ – it’s only that place that divides the powerfulness to render dwelling safely from the betoken of no return, ever.


Countdown: Five, four, three, two, ane – nosotros conduct hold lift-off on the initiative voyage to boldly go as well as come across what’s to live seen from the within of a Black Hole.

As far equally our suicidal airplane pilot is concerned, everything from launch to crossing the case horizon is equally normal equally taking the cross-town coach to work. Time volition tick past at ane 2nd per second; her bulk volition register normal; length ditto. However, due to Einstein’s concepts inwards all things beingness relative, an external observer volition come across our boldly going pilot’s reality slightly differently.

An external observer, say relaxing dorsum on earth amongst a super powerful telescope, follows ionization trail of the boldly going voyager’s spaceship to the nearest Black Hole. Basically, what this somebody sees is that equally the suicidal voyager blasts off from Earth, picks upward speed, her transport as well as contents (including herself) get-go to shrink inwards length, increment inwards mass, as well as her rate-of-change (time) ticks past to a greater extent than slow compared to Mr. Stay-At-Home’s own. Okay, that’s inwards keeping amongst Einstein’s relativity proclamations.

But for some inexplicable reason, I’ve read several times some scientific writer advise that to an external observer, the suicidal airplane pilot volition non solely live travelling slower as well as slower past the external observer’s clock equally she approaches the case horizon, but inwards fact at contact amongst the case horizon her time, in ane case to a greater extent than equally recorded past the external observer, volition conduct hold stopped. In other words, the external observer volition never witness the pilot’s crossover from exterior the Black Hole’s case horizon to within the Black Hole’s case horizon. The airplane pilot volition look to live frozen inwards fourth dimension at the case horizon, yet equally far equally the airplane pilot is concerned, everything is normal inwards damage of fourth dimension flowing at ane 2nd per second.

Now that’s a major paradox. The airplane pilot can’t live crossing the case horizon at ane 2nd per second, piece at the same fourth dimension beingness frozen inwards fourth dimension at the fourth dimension of crossing, according to our stay-at-home observer. Of class the paradox is bullshit. To an external observer, fourth dimension solely comes to a screeching halt for someone external to them if they witness that someone travelling at the speed of light. Firstly, that’s a physical impossibility. There’s no ground to believe that our suicidal airplane pilot is crossing the case horizon at lite speed. There’s no absolute requirement that our suicidal airplane pilot is crossing the case horizon at the speed of light. She inwards fact mightiness conduct hold fired her retro-rockets to dull downwards only prior to crossing the case horizon inwards lodge to meliorate savor the moment! So, inwards actual reality, our observer volition come across the airplane pilot cross the case horizon, albeit at a agency slower charge per unit than the airplane pilot herself because the airplane pilot is travelling, thence doing the case horizon cross-over at less than the speed of light. IMHO, some ‘experts’ postulate to go dorsum as well as redo Physics 101.

In whatever event, in ane case the external observer observes our boldly going suicidal voyager cross the case horizon, the demo is over for him. Nothing that’s function as well as package of the voyager, non her ship’s reflected or emitted light, non her radio signals nor data signalling of whatever kind, volition recross the case horizon inwards the outward jump management as well as heading dorsum to Earth. Our external observer tin lav pack away his telescope as well as acquire dorsum to to a greater extent than interesting pursuits, similar watching daytime television. But that’s non quite the cease of the story.

And so it’s right away over to the (never-to-be-revealed) recorded flying log of the voyager on her one-way trip to the Black Hole’s never-never land. Up to as well as including the crossover from the safety side of the case horizon to the ‘abandon promise all who go inwards here’ side of the case horizon, all is logged equally 100% normalcy. Nothing shrinks, aught grows inwards weight (increases inwards mass), as well as fourth dimension does its ane 2nd per 2nd thing equally it e’er has done. It’s equally piece of cake equally a trip from your dwelling driveway to the supermarket parking lot, solely in ane case inwards the handgrip of the supermarket parking lot, forever inwards the handgrip of the supermarket parking lot. It’s a one-way ‘enter’ gate without a corresponding ‘exit’ sign.

Since nosotros conduct hold no thought what the within of a Black Hole genuinely is, since theoretical physics, quantum as well as relativity physics, suspension downwards into a mathematical mess, what our intrepid voyager volition genuinely find or experience is anybody’s guesstimate. There does look to live ane consensus however. Gravity rules, OK? Almost past Definition there’s a hell of a lot of gravity to fight amongst in ane case within the supermarket parking lot – oops, sorry, within the case horizon.

Now hither on Earth, when standing up, gravity is pulling at your feet ever so slightly greater than it is tugging at your caput – because your feet are slightly closer to Earth’s eye of mass. Earth’s gravity yet is so weak that you lot don’t know or can’t experience the difference, but tests or experiments amongst extremely accurate atomic clocks demo that this is true. Rate of modify – fourth dimension – is affected past gravity, so a clock atop a tall edifice runs slightly faster than an identical clock inwards the building’s basement. Now the gravity of a Black Hole is many, many, many orders of magnitude stronger than it is hither on Terra Firma. So, it is speculated that if you lot are within a Black Hole, say inwards free-fall, as well as say inwards a vertical position, as well as then the gravity pulling on your feet volition live non solely vastly greater than if you lot were on Earth, but also the differential betwixt feet as well as caput volition live orders of magnitude greater. Translated, gravity within a Black Hole is going to stretch you lot out similar a slice of taffy. Like inwards ane of those fun family mirrors, you lot volition live very, very, real tall as well as very, very, real thin. Ultimately you lot volition live akin to a slice of string or spaghetti, but past that fourth dimension you’ll live very, very, real dead equally the human trunk wasn’t designed to live feasible nether such a solid ground of affairs. Okay, that’s the consensus.

Now for the speculation: Let us suppose that our suicidal voyager survives her voyage (curses, foiled again) as well as gets to play tourist. What volition she come across or volition she come across anything at all? Well, yes, she volition – come across that is. The case horizon is similar a one-way mirror. Light tin lav go past through the case horizon into the interior of the Black Hole, but lite cannot go past from the interior of the Black Hole through the case horizon to live witnessed past an exterior observer. Okay, permit at that place live light, as well as at that place was light. Light is energy, so there’s liberate energy within a Black Hole. It’s also been shown that a Black Hole has entropy, or inwards other words a temperature. That equally good is energy.

There’s thing (mass) within a Black Hole – obviously, since there’s gravity. Now the large unknown is what form of thing is that matter? We don’t know. Outside of a Black Hole thing exists inwards 4 states – solid, liquid, gas as well as plasma. The transition from ane solid ground of thing to some other is called a stage change, equally inwards H2O ice to H2O to steam. One speculation is that the thing within a Black Hole undergoes a stage modify to something fifty-fifty to a greater extent than firm as well as denser than, good a dense solid.

We sort out of find this inwards a Neutron Star, a star extremely massive amongst extreme gravity, but only brusk of plenty gravity to class an case horizon as well as plough into a Black Hole. Why is it called a Neutron Star? Well, the gravity is so non bad that the bits as well as pieces of the atom, electrons, neutrons as well as protons are squashed together into ane large glob. The positive protons fuse amongst the negative electrons – these electrical charges thus cancelling out – to brand neutrons, thence bring together amongst the already neutral neutrons, so everything forms into only ane huge glob of neutron soup, or a Neutron Star. Rapidly spinning Neutron Stars are also known equally Pulsars.

Now if atoms lose all sense of identity, at that place is no atomic structure, no isotopes, no molecules, no elements, no compounds, no electrons as well as no protons, as well as then I’d conduct hold to define that equally a stage transition, but ane nosotros don’t witness on Earth. Given the fifty-fifty to a greater extent than extreme gravity within a Black Hole, would that same stage transition to a neutron soup agree sway, or mightiness at that place live some other beyond that institute inwards Neutron Stars?

Neutrons are non cardinal particles. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 glob of neutron soup is ultimately a glob of quark soup, equally quark trios comprise the identity nosotros telephone telephone a neutron. Neutrons are genuinely composite particles. However, equally quarks are cardinal particles, it’s unlikely they tin lav live crushed or fused together. Electrons equally good are fundamental, but it is good known – to particle physicists at to the lowest degree – that an isolated neutron volition inwards fairly quick-smart lodge decay to a proton, an electron as well as an antineutrino. Reactions are reversible so it is straightforward to create a neutron if the ingredients are brought together amongst sufficient energy.

Since a Neutron Star is only ane money brusk of a Black Hole dollar, the within of a Black Hole could good live akin to a Neutron Star, solely slightly to a greater extent than massive. One thing is sure IMHO, the interior volition non live thing crushed downwards to the infinitely pocket-sized (i.e. – null volume); the interior volition non live infinitely dense.

What lies at the ticker of a Black Hole? The traditional reply is a ‘singularity’ – a betoken of (near) infinite density as well as (close to) null volume, thing crushed downwards to the final, ultimate boundary – or possibly not.

Start amongst a hunk of matter. Keep on keeping on adding to a greater extent than as well as to a greater extent than as well as to a greater extent than thing (mass) to it. Your master copy hunk grows larger, ever denser; its gravity swells inwards proportion. Finally it’s only a fraction away from achieving Black Hole condition – pregnant its gravity is so potent non fifty-fifty lite tin lav escape from its grasp. It’s that Neutron Star entity.

So you lot are a thimbleful of table salt away from crossing the not-quite-yet a Black Hole to an actual Black Hole boundary. You tin lav (barely) silent come across your right away super-sized hunk of Neutron Star stuff. Now toss inwards that in conclusion thimbleful of material onto the hunk. No lite right away reaches you lot – you’ve crossed the threshold or boundary as well as conduct hold got a Black Hole. But practise you lot doubtfulness that lurking on the other side of the not-quite-yet a Black Hole to an actual Black Hole boundary, though unseen, you lot silent conduct hold that super-sized hunk of stuff, non a singularity, but a genuinely existent firm 3-D hunk of stuff? Or, inwards other words, if the escape velocity of your hunk is 185,999 miles per second, no Black Hole as well as no singularity, but if it climbs to 186,001 miles per 2nd you lot conduct hold a Black Hole as well as your hunk morphs into a singularity? Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 2 mile a 2nd divergence makes that much difference? I don’t recollect so.

The other number though is this genuinely going to live a one-way trip for our boldly going voyager, dead or alive? One of the 64,000 $64,000 questions: Can you lot pour material downwards a Black Hole indefinitely, or does the Black Hole conduct hold a finite capacity as well as ultimately or eventually volition conduct hold to spew material out the ‘other side’ (i.e. – producing a White Hole) equally you lot go on pouring inwards to a greater extent than as well as to a greater extent than as well as more? I’d wager the conservation relationships as well as principles of physics as well as chemical science agree sway here. What goes inwards ultimately comes out. That doesn’t hateful there’s non a temporary belongings vessel. Or, inwards to a greater extent than human terms, you lot create total what’s empty; you lot empty what’s full, but in-between those 2 there’s storage inwards the tum as well as the intestines; the lungs as well as the bladder.

Let’s adopt that betoken of persuasion that what goes in, ultimately has to come upward out.

And so, our intrepid voyager mightiness good go out elsewhere, possibly fifty-fifty elsewhen. The go out could live deemed the reverse of a Black Hole, or a White Hole; the passageway from Black Hole entrance to White Hole go out is that staple of sci-fi, albeit based inwards the realm of theoretical physics, the Wormhole. That the go out could live elsewhen is based on the theoretical ‘fact’ that a wormhole could live manipulated inwards such a style equally to allow for fourth dimension travel. If that’s equally good far out for you, as well as then a Wormhole elsewhere shouldn’t be. The apt analogy is amongst an apple. Mr. Worm tin lav crawl around the exterior of the apple tree to acquire from ane side to the other, or Mr. Worm could conduct hold a shortcut as well as worm his agency through the apple tree to acquire to the other side, or elsewhere.

Now the interrogation arises, is at that place whatever observational show that White Holes as well as associated exits exist? Astronomers as well as cosmologists would fence inwards the negative, but I’m non convinced. What would live the signature of a White Hole? Well, it would live roughly stellar-sized, non planetary or galactic. It would live vomiting out ane heck of a lot of material including lots of energy. Does the cosmos comprise such beasties? Obvious candidates are quasars – quasi-stellar objects. Quasars are roughly stellar inwards size, but violently emitting the froth as well as bubble of nearly an entire galaxy worth of material as well as energy. The other high-energy astrophysical anomaly is gamma ray bursts. They occur agency out dorsum of beyond, inwards the outer fringes of the cosmos, which is all to the goodness for if a gamma ray flare-up happened inwards our stellar cervix of the woods, the results would live akin to Kentucky Fried Humans! Still, nosotros don’t know plenty squat nearly them to live able to predict just where as well as when ane volition happen. So, astronomers who are into studying these cosmic critters are akin to sleeping fire fighter who never knows when they volition live rudely awakened to respond to that rare five-alarm event.

So, inwards short, nosotros conduct hold Black Holes that are your ultimate inwards garbage disposals; Quasars as well as gamma ray bursts that are your ultimate in, IMHO, recycling that garbage dorsum into useful cosmic material – thing as well as energy. In other words, they are the go out to the Black Hole’s entrance.

No matter. Either our boldly going voyager has snuffed it going into a Black Hole; is forever trapped inwards a Black Hole; or has been turned into a Kentucky Fried Human as well as vomited dorsum out in ane case to a greater extent than via a White Hole quasar or gamma ray flare-up to go equally ane amongst the cosmos. We all started out equally starstuff – as well as so shall nosotros (or what’s left of our remains) all ultimately render to go starstuff in ane case to a greater extent than a millennia of millennia from now.

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