I've seen a lot of threads touching on this, and watched Sphere yesterday. I decided that as soon as I was healthy enough to address this topic, I
What's on the other side of a black hole? I'll let you answer that by asking you the same question in different words. What's on the other side of
Current theory is that a black hole is just a super dense neutron star. The phrase black "hole" is very misleading, and, in my opinion, should be
changed to black star. A red giant becomes so massive, it collapses on it's self, causing a supernova, the second largest observed release of energy
in the universe. Not all red giants reach this kind of explosion, but those that do leave their mark.
The results is a star that is so dense, so gravimetricly strong, that light can't even get out of it. Anything nearby is sucked into it via the force
of gravity, where it is compressed to the same level the black star is. The more stuff that falls into it, the stronger it gets, and the more stuff it
The black stars at the center of galaxies have been doing this for a while, and are huge, resulting in whole galaxies rotating around them.
Elliptical galaxies give evidence that there is another phase for the black star. Those galaxies don't have the black star at the center, but have
the shape of something that used to be a spiral galaxy before the spin stopped. I'm not even going to go there because the theories on that are as
varied as they were in the 70s about black "holes".
Naturally, this widely accepted theory could be completely false, as well. Fact is, we've never been to one and we've never seen one. We've only
seen the side effects of one's presence.
EDIT: I would have loved to see Cmdr Keen Kid wipe his brow after reading the content as much as I'd have liked to see him shake his head and think
to himself "Oh man, not you, too, JJ" after reading the subject
[edit on 2-21-2005 by junglejake]