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For questions about a region of space time where gravity is so strong that nothing, not even light, can escape it.

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Using transfinite numbers in a scifi story

I have been bandying about some exotic mathematics ideas as the basis for a hard scifi setting, and I wonder what technology/alien life would "make sense," here, given the physics arising ...
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Would it be possible to make a black hole using the Bose-Einstein condensate?

Well, my crazy question is whether it would be possible to make a "dyson sphere", but with the sonic black hole made with Bose-Einstein condensate (and whether it would be possible to create ...
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How would a space probe determine its distance from a black hole while orbiting around it?

Let's say that a space probe is sent to swing once around a black hole. Now, as long as our knowledge of physics goes, if the spaceship stays outside the event horizon it can, at least in principle, ...
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Justifying Reverse Time Dilation / Time Acceleration using White Holes

I am not sure if this should go to the Physics Stack Exchange or here, but here goes. So, I heard about the time reversed variant of black holes, known as white holes, which expel matter rather than ...
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energy sources for intergalactic travel in fictitious universe with similar laws of known physics but different evolution

This question differs slightly from the many excellent threads on topics similar to this one. In the fictional universe I am contemplating, the same laws of physics apply as in ours, but because of a ...
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How can a civilization tell that their “Sun” is actually a black hole emitting hawking radiation?

Imagine a primordial black hole so heavy that it is a blackbody and there are many planets orbiting around it, there is a moon thriving with intelligent life orbiting a gas giant. I am wondering would ...
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Could an evaporating micro-black hole serve as a useful weapon?

According to Wikipedia and Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time, micro-black holes are expected to evaporate quickly due to Hawking radiation, releasing a burst of final emission equivalent to ...
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How do you detect and defend against micro blackhole cannon?

Set a hundred years into the future, an alien mothership antimatter engine has malfunctioned and to prevent a disaster they decided to eject the byproduct, a micro blackhole as massive as an empire ...
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How long would it take for a starship to escape from near the event horizon of a black hole?

An automated Spamazon delivery starship suffers a catastrophic system failure and finds itself hurtling towards a black hole on a direct collision course. In particularly dramatic fashion, it manages ...
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Black hole at the center of the planet

Okay, picture a planet so massive, a black hole has formed in its center. The minimum mass of a black hole is 22 micrograms, or the Planck mass, and whatever the core is made of, it needs to be ...
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Effects of Black Hole Macron Accelerators

So far, my previous Black Hole Gun has seen interesting results. However, I also thought back to the Black Hole Launcher, and how to make the Black Hole itself a "projectile". There are a ...
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Effects of my Black Hole Gun

I have seen some questions in this site regarding how to weaponise black holes. One very funny one was the Black Hole Launcher, which many to quick to point out how absurd that was. However, I had ...
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Would a Micro Black Hole locked in Mirror Storage have a felt weight?

I understand that Black Holes, even the small ones, are very dense and heavy. Even a micro black hole will probably weigh as much as a skyscraper, a few million tonnes. I then saw a starship ...
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Would an elecroweak star radiate similarly to a normal star? If so, would a habitable zone around it even be possible?

An electroweak star is a theoretical exotic star in which the radiation pressure from its core keeps it from collapsing into a black hole. Because of its theoretical nature, it's hard to find a lot of ...
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Finding out the mass of a black hole for it to last ten thousand years

In my story, one of the characters essentially possesses something akin to true invulnerability and is essentially immortal due to [redacted]. In this part of the story, a group of terrorists with ...
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How close can I bring a beam of light to a black hole before the information the beam contains is corrupted?

Given the following conditions: Two space stations of insignificant mass (compared to what can affect the transmission of a beam of light) are separated by a distance of 100,000 light years. With ...
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How to annihilate an object completely? [closed]

I would like to annihilate an object (approx size of a table), in that I want to make it not exist in any recognizable form. (gamma radiation, etc. would be fine). My knowledge of physics would fit on ...
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How many Ultra massive black holes should be added to a map of known black holes?

I was wondering how many Ultra-massive black holes can be added to the list of 8 known black holes with mass over 10 billion solar masses within 1 billion light years. Looking at our current maps, the ...
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Possible uses for time dilation in the ergosphere of a black hole?

A common use for time dilation in science fiction is for a ship moving at speeds close to the speeds of light and for those on the ship the journey takes less time than for those observing at another ...
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By what methods could the most energy and matter be collected from a supermassive black holes quasar jets?

I was wondering if it is possible to capture the majority of the energy and matter from the jets of a quasar from a supermassive black hole? The methods that I can think of is some sort of net like ...
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Is a particle beam the best method to fire a black hole at a target?

I want to weaponize black holes as projectile attacks in my story from small to supermassive and the two ways i can think of is using mass to attract mass or using matter to push it. Using a particle ...
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What size of black hole is the safest?

Stellar-mass black holes are obviously dangerous. Their massive gravitational field and tidal forces threaten any planet or star system that gets too close to them. Microscopic black holes are also ...
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What happens if I shot a blackhole pellet point blank at someone?

Imagine I had a sophisticated gun that is capable of producing a micro blackhole on contact with a target, that blackhole is designed to be completely evaporated as hawking radiation in exactly 1 ...
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Black holes: Can something that has fallen through the even horizon be recovered if the black hole evaporates quickly enough?

From puppetsock's reply to Is it possible to build a black hole (kugelblitz) gun?, it seems like a black hole of 228 tonnes evaporate after just 1 second. And the lifetime of a black hole in general ...
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How movable are miniature black holes?

I've purchased a miniature black hole on ebay. I've heard they make excellent kitchen disposal units. Unfortunately the seller says it is for collection only. Will I be able to move it? Anti-gravity ...
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What to do with planet nine if it is a Black Hole? [closed]

Recently it's been theorized that "planet nine" may be a black hole. If this was the case what could we do with it? What unresolved problems in physics could be solved by having such a thing ...
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What can happen in a non-deterministic world? [closed]

I was reading about a theoretical charged Black Hole known as the Reissner Nördstrom Black Hole, where should someone enter its Cauchy Horizon, will end up in a world not bound by determinism. What ...
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What's the Use of a Susskind Hologram?

(this question may need to go to sandbox for refining) Leonard Susskind proposed that the surface of a black hole might be kind-of recording device for everything falling into it. Where 3D of space + ...
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Can a galaxy be formed from a black hole?

I'm writing creative text and I'm curious to know, just as possibility, can a galaxy by any chance be formed out of a black hole?
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Could aliens from beyond the singularity of a rotating black hole survive and colonise regions of a normal universe?

Would it be possible for aliens that originated and evolved in a planetary system beyond the ring singularity of a rotating black hole to send individuals out into a normal universe to colonise it? Or ...
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Could life similar to life on earth exist and evolve in a large enough region of timespace?

Is it possible for a planetary system to form and support life similar to earth-life inside a region of 'timespace' (which is the space within a black-hole), assuming that there is enough space/time ...
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Space-based black hole weapon effects

For the fluff of my story one of the space-ships is equipped with what I hope is one of the biggest F-you weapons in ship-to-ship combat: a miniature black hole launcher. The launcher fires a ...
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Could Kerr Metric Black Holes hypothetically be used for Interstellar Information Transfer?

Kerr Metrics should (extremely hypothetically) allow travel into "mirror" universes. However, I have heard that some theories estimate the time-swapped black hole on the other side of the ringularity ...
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How would one detect a black hole when there are no more light sources for it to refract?

The universe as we know it has ended. The concept of “natural” illumination ended when the last red dwarves and quasars died out. Now, only brown dwarves and blackholes dot the empty void that was ...
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Could I observe the black hole that created my area of space/universe?

My story has some very advanced robots that have spread throughout the galaxy. Their advanced technology has developed to massive radio and optical telescopes to view unexplored areas of space. When I ...
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Astrophysical jets used as energy sources

How could astrophysical jets, emitting matter from black holes be used as energy sources by a space-faring nation? How could they be able to collect and use this form of energy?
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After surviving a black hole/wormhole, what are the chances of Earth start orbiting in a new solar system?

In the event of our sun suddenly becoming a black hole or wormhole of sorts. It transports the earth to another solar system similar to ours. Would it be possible for our planet to start circling ...
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How to tell it is a relativistic kugelblitz instead of other photonic attack?

Set in a quite distant future, intergalactic war is brewing and it is important to tell what form of attacks the enemy ship is using otherwise the battle will quickly become one sided. Anyway imagine ...
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How to tell a blackhole from a neutron star covered entirely by Dyson sphere painted in vantablack?

In a galaxy far far away... M6760 (I made it up) is an unusually massive neutron star billions of light years away and it is surrounded by a spherical Dyson sphere painted in new improved formula ...
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What kind of matter would be needed to maintain a black hole?

Let's say we have a reactor that taps into an artificial black hole (kugelblitz-type). What kind of matter would be needed to feed the black hole to sustain it? Would this matter be treated like fuel?
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What is more “plausible” as an FTL power source?

I’d like to avoid antimatter for a specific story purpose. In that case, which is a more “plausible” way to power an FTL drive: An artificial black hole An artificial neutron star (“neutronium”) ...
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Is it possible to create a wormhole by adding density?

A black hole is an object that has infinite mass, which is thought to tear a hole in space-time fabric. Would it be possible to not have a black hole, but have an object with near-infinite density, ...
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Is there a safe but weird distance from black hole merger?

I wish to create a world such that it can support the following plot point: the world experiences gravitational waves that are directly noticeable to the human population (i.e. they can feel or see ...
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How much energy is produced by a sphere of mirrors around a rotating black hole? How would it impact a civilisation in the Kardashev scale?

So, as a bit of background, my world takes the assumption that Planet Nine is a rotating primordial black hole, and humanity, a Type I civilisation, is able to build a sphere of mirrors around it (...
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Is a “Partial” Black-Hole Possible?

Black holes are created by the gravitational collapse of massive stars. But in theory, black holes can also be created by any mass at all that is confined within a small enough volume of space, ...
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How do you observe black holes up close? [closed]

So in the context of sci-fi movies and video games where characters get up close and personal to the black hole without getting too close and falling into the gravity well. Is this even possible? ...
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Using a black hole/antimatter as a weapon in a fantasy story

I'm writing a fantasy set in our world but an alternate timeline where a magical force has 'leaked' into our world from an alien one. The magic is based on science in that the magic is simply energy ...
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Black Hole as a Storage Device Version 2

This is based on: Black Hole as a Storage Device What goes into a black hole doesn't come out (except as random electrons or positrons). However, is it possible to store something within the event ...
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Is it possible to build a black hole (kugelblitz) gun?

Assume that space warfare is dominated by gamma and x-ray lasers (Wakefield-Plasma and Free Electron Lasers) capable of killing targets several light-seconds away. Stealth in space is possible due to ...
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Black hole as a storage device?

I'm writing a sci-fi story, and there is a giant autonomous computer planet that constantly gathers resources from around the universe using drones. It stores a super weapon at the core of the planet, ...