Category Archives: Black Holes

Can Black Holes Eat One Another?

Question: Ok so say the universe gets to a point where every black hole consumes everything including each other until your left with a single black hole. Or would this not be possible due to the universe ever expanding and … Continue reading

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What are the Effects on Radio Waves When They Pass Near a Black Hole?

Question: What are the effects of radio waves when near a black holes event horizon?  – Aleksander Answer: Assuming that you are asking what the effects of a black hole are on radio waves as they pass near an event … Continue reading

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What Happens to Matter that Falls into a Black Hole?

Question:  So a question from the uneducated. If all matter at the beginning was in one infinitely small point so incredibly charged with energy would that weight punch through space creating a hole in the universe  thus creating the first … Continue reading

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How Can a Black Hole Have an Outflow?

Question:  Black holes are defined as a zone where the gravity is so dense that nothing, not even light, can escape from being drawn in, yet “Fermi Bubbles” are where ” energy often escapes from these systems (Galaxies ) in … Continue reading

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Can One Send a Spacecraft Into a Black Hole?

Question:  [Would it be possible to] send a spacecraft into a black hole?  – Cyrus Answer:  Yes, but if we were to do that we should make sure to use one of our least expensive spacecrafts!  And there better not … Continue reading

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Can Black Holes Explode?

Question:  Can a black hole explode?  – Dirk Answer:  Black holes don’t really “explode”, which implies that they generate a large outburst of energy which ultimately tears them apart, but they do have outbursts (also, unfortunately, referred to as “explosions”).  … Continue reading

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Can Gravitationally-Lensed Objects be Studied at Any Wavelength?

Question:  As per definition, Gravitational lensing refers to bending of light rays from a distant source around a massive object (Galaxy cluster) which tends to magnify the background light source. If visible light rays bend around those massive objects then … Continue reading

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What is the Critical Mass at Which a Star Becomes a Black Hole?

Question:  How do you calculate the critical mass for a star to become a black hole? I’m an undergraduate Math major, and this is my senior thesis and I really have no idea where to start.  – Lauren Answer:  An … Continue reading

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Top Achievements for the NRAO Very Large Array

Question:  I’m embarrassed to ask this, as I feel after working here for so long I should already know the answer. But here it is: What are the top 3 discoveries/achievements of the VLA? And why?  — Doug Answer:  As … Continue reading

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Will Dark Energy Tear Apart Black Holes?

Question:  Will dark energy eventually tear apart black holes, especially supermassive black holes?  – Reinaldo Answer:  Let’s start with a basic understanding what what Dark Energy is thought to be.  It is a hypothetical form of energy which is thought … Continue reading

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