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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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What would happen if the black hole at the center of a galaxy was removed?

Say you have a galaxy, possibly ours, with a central black hole. In an instant the black hole falls through a plot hole and vanishes. What happens to the rest of the galaxy? Does everything keep on ...
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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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Can the event horizon of a black hole be distorted or destabilized by an extreme spin rate

Assuming that there is a means of increasing the spin rate of an existing black hole, what would happen to the shape of the event horizon as the spin rate was increased? In extremis what would ...
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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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Escaping a pair of orbiting black holes through the saddle

Imagine a pair of black holes in orbit around each other. I'm wondering how this would distort their mutual event horizons. In fact would it be possible to "break" the event horizons by reducing the ...
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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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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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Would the gravitational waves from a binary black hole system make a feasible weapon?

Backstory: Okay, so we have decided to wage war on numahs for the macguffenite. We mostly are doing things like shooting lasers at each other ships, and occasionally shooting high velocity projectiles ...
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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 destroy a black hole?

Science-Fiction has tools to destroy anything: atoms, molecules, DNA, cellular organisms, multicellular organisms, buildings, streets, cities, countries, continents, planets, and even stars. Some ...
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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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Schwarzschild Metric in a universe with the same space time metric as that described in the orthogonal series, but with massive gravitons?

The universe described in the orthogonal series http://www.gregegan.net/ORTHOGONAL/00/PM.html is one, in which the minus sign in the space time interval is replaced with a plus sign. So this universe ...
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Could it be possible to contain an artificial singularity? [closed]

Or would it just suck in whatever was attempting to contain it? I for the life of me can't figure out an explanation for it. Could we even create a singularity in the lab or would it be too dangerous?
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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, ...
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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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1 Light Year Diameter Planet

Suppose a species has limitless resources and the ability to construct megastructures of an astronomical scale. Would it be possible, given antigravitational technology (hypothetical), to create a ...
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A supermassive black hole is coming our way. When's the latest that we would notice?

I'm trying to build a story around a supermassive black hole, which is ejected from a merger of two galaxies, that is hurtling our own way. What is the smallest realistic distance at which the black ...
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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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Is it safe to orbit HDE 226868?

I'm considering a story where an exploration is devised to explore a binary system containing a black hole; the choice is Cygnus X-1, with its companion supergiant star HDE 226868. It would likely be ...
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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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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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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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If someone dropped a black hole into the Sun, when and how will we notice it?

Suppose someone dropped a black hole into our lovely Sun a few million years ago. It was big enough (far bigger than that) from the start to eat matter faster than radiating it away, and kept growing ...
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Can a single, larger black hole be split into multiple smaller black holes?

Essentially, my question is, can one larger black hole be split into a system of smaller black holes? I'm assuming energy requirements will be prohibitive, and that it may not be possible without ...
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Building a Dyson Shell around a black hole?

What's the minimum safe distance to start building if you don't want any part of the shell or swarm to fall into the event horizon? Could you build a stable structure just short of the Schwarzschild ...
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How do I feed my black hole?

Strange title I know, but you'll understand why quickly. I wanted to use a black hole to create absurd amounts of power for hopefully obvious reasons (kind of useful). The problem with natural large ...
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Could black hole civilizations even exist?

I know that currently, black hole civilizations are only theoretical. But here are my thoughts on why black hole civilizations are impossible. Black Hole Civilization Issues 1. Gravity This is an ...
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Could life exist on a planet that is heated mainly by hawking radiation from a super massive black hole that is millions of solar masses? [duplicate]

At a time long after the stelliferous there is a planet in orbit around a super massive black hole with almost all external heating coming from hawking radiation from the black hole it orbits. By ...
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Could a planetary nebula obscure the presence of a black hole/neutron star?

I have a civilization that lives on a planet located inside a nebula (and orbiting a normal, sun-like star). Would this nebula somehow interfere with/ obscure the sight of a rogue neutron star/ ...
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A planet illuminated by a black hole?

Is it possible for a planet to be heated and illuminated by a black hole due to Hawking radiation at the same intensity as by a star? What mass and size should a black hole have to produce the same ...
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Escaping a blackhole with an Alcubierre drive?

If your ship just got trapped inside the event horizon of an super massive black hole, could the ship "accelerate" back out with an alcubierre drive?
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Intragalactic velocity past the central black hole

In my story people are traveling from somewhere beyond the opposite side of the galaxy to Earth. The distance traveled is approximately 66 million light-years. I would like the travelers to ...
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How would someone destroy a black hole that’s at the centre of a planet? [duplicate]

For starters, the black hole is temporarily contained. But once it’s containment fails it will devour the planet. Obviously, that’s a bad thing. What’s a reasonable way to prevent that? Also the ...
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Black hole stardrives/artificial gravity [closed]

I'm a sci-fi world builder, and I was recently reading Charles Stross's sci-fi/space opera novel Singularity Sky for inspiration, and I noticed some interesting but scientifically dubious ...
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Could you disrupt the gravity of a black hole using quadrillions of supernova explosions? [duplicate]

For context, I’m planning a novel with as much ridiculous magic as ridiculous science so, yes I know, it’s impossible but that's the fun of mixing science and magic in worldbuilding. So the situation ...
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Is there a formula for scaling explosive detonation velocity? (Supernova level) [closed]

For context, I’m planning a novel with as much ridiculous magic as ridiculous science so, yes I know, it’s impossible but bear with me. There is a supermassive black hole that weighs 1 trillion solar ...
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Black holes as heat sinks

Cooling in space is a well known difficulty. There are many unpleasant consequences like no stealth in space, difficult space battles which turn into a short wars of attrition (because you have to ...
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Seeing Using Gravitational Waves [duplicate]

I know that humans' eyes are adapted to detect some electromagnetic waves, and their ears are able to detect sound waves. What I would like to ask is: Is it plausible for a species to biologically ...
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What would a binary black hole look like from the surface of a planet orbiting that system

If it is even possible, what would the Goldilocks zone be like - in fact is such a system even possible of holding life - around a binary black hole? Could it have planets orbiting it? EDIT 1: Oh ...
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Can we identify black holes in our path flying between the stars?

When traveling at fast speeds through the galaxy, would it be possible to identify where all the black holes were on your path? I know most black holes are identified by their affect on other nearby ...