A black hole is a volume from which photons, or any matter, can not escape. More formally, the coordinate speed of light at the event horizon - the boundary of a black hole - is zero, as measured by a sufficiently separated observer.

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If a black hole was near enough us to be seen by telescope (by eye), if it ate a star, how long would we be seeing the star being eaten? [duplicate]

Since we are external observers, an object falling in a black hole should take an infinite amount of time right? If so, what is the answer to my question in the title?
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What is the mass and density distribution of a Schwarzchild black hole in the viewpoint of distant observer?

According to Schwarzschild metric the density element $$ \frac{\mathrm dm}{\mathrm dV} $$ becomes infinite on the event horizon if there is mass $$ \mathrm dm > 0 $$very near at the outside of ...
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Should any matter form a singularity before crossing the event horizon?

I guess the destiny of any object that falling into a black hole will depend on its size and the density of the black hole it falling in. And from distant observer it should looks different. A small,...
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Does infalling matter ever cross the event horizon? [duplicate]

Assume you are immortal, then say if you fell towards a blackhole, to an observer far away you will appear to slow down as you approach event horizon and gradually come to stand still. However for ...
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Are black holes perfect spheroids?

What I know about black holes (correct me if I'm wrong) is that they are the most compact objects in the universe that have been discovered. Due to all that gravity, wouldn't black holes be a perfect ...
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Are black holes causing expansion? [on hold]

If the universe is sufficiently large enough, there should be a black hole in every direction of the sky. So, could there be a game of tug-of-war going on between all of the black holes in the ...
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Does gravitational waves add mass to black hole?

Due to the recent discovery of gravitational waves by LIGO I was wondering suppose a black hole stood between a gravitational wave then due to the fact that black hole can attract every thing then ...
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Universe spawned from the death of a hyper black hole?

Some Cosmologists have speculated that the Universe formed from the debris ejected when a four-dimensional star collapsed into a black hole a scenario that would help to explain why the cosmos seems ...
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Do Black Holes emit Hawking radiation while engulfing normal mass?

As I read on various sites ,all of them say that Black Holes emit Hawking radiation as one of the instantly created virtual particles near Event Horizon escapes from it.One goes inside it and other ...
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Is energy conserved when things fall into a black hole?

We all know in physics, the law of conservation of energy states that the total energy of an isolated system remains constant—it is said to be conserved over time. Energy can neither be created nor ...
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Mechanism for collapse of iron stars into black holes via quantum tunnelling

In the wikipedia page "Future of an expanding universe" it refers to the scenario of a future without proton decay. The page talks about how processes would lead to stellar-mass cold spheres of iron, ...
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Can we exit the event horizon of merging black holes?

I have an intuitive scenario. Consider we have a spaceship just below the event horizon of a BH, which is merging with another black hole. Finally, the singularities merge and we have a single black ...
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Could a strongly enough charged black hole allow for a strongly charged particle to escape the event horizon?

If there is a strongly charged black hole, and a particle with a strong charge of the same sign goes inside of the black hole's event horizon while moving quickly, is there a reason why it would not ...
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Does the charge of a black hole affect its space-time geometry?

Does a black-hole of a given mass and angular momentum have the same space-time geometry regardless of its charge? I'm pretty sure that an electric field can accelerate a charged particle but doesn't ...
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Curvature Invariants in General Relativity and Singularities

Suppose that I want to check if a given metric is singular or not. I'm interested in curvature singularities, not coordinate singularities, so I can look to scalars made with Ricci, Riemann and Weyl ...
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Can this relativistic hack allow one to see beyond an event horizon, in principle, else why not? [duplicate]

Consider a lone photon. As its frequency increases, its energy increases. Taken to the limit, a sufficiently-high-frequency photon could be a black hole unto itself. But the frequency of a photon is ...
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What role does electrical charge play in black holes?

Not having studied General Relativity, I have sometimes been puzzled by references to the behaviour for "classic" black holes — as they are popularly portrayed — as being true for black ...
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The Validity of a Heuristic Explanation of Black Hole Complementarity?

In one of the messenger lectures at Cornell in 2013, Leonard Susskind gave a heuristic argument for black hole complementarity. Suppose Alice is stationed far away from a Schwarzschild black hole and ...
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Why does one particle in Hawking radiation have negative energy? [duplicate]

So as I understand it, Hawking radiation occurs when virtual antiparticle-particle pair are created near the event horizon of a black hole due to vacuum fluctuations because of Heisenberg uncertainty ...
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Can a binary star system create a stationary black hole?

Research over the last 200 years suggests that half or more of visible stars are part of multiple star systems. I apologise for the number of assumptions in my question but, because of the numbers of ...
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Black Hole mass

Where is the material that has past the event horizon of a black hole stored/kept? Does it become pure energy once it passes the event horizon? Does the singularity at the center of the black hole ...
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The difference between sub-Eddington and super-Eddington accretion disk models

I am studying accretion disks around active galactic nuclei (AGN). I have seen two sets of models, sub-Eddington and super-Eddington accretion disks. What do these terms refer to in this case? I ...
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Ricci scalar for Black Hole

What is the value of Ricci scalar at $r=0$ inside Black Hole? Since $R_{\mu \nu}=0$ is vacuum solution and valid outside event Horizon of black hole where there is no mass energy density. But inside ...
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Universe as a black hole - how did everything escape? [duplicate]

While listening to physics lectures, they glossed over things escaping from black holes insinuating it doesn't happen other than radiation... When talking about the period between Planck Epoch & ...
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Coordinate Singularity in Metric

Suppose I have some metric $$ds^2=g(t)dt^2+\frac{1}{r}dr^2$$ which has a singularity at $r=0$. However, if I make the coordinate transformation $u=\frac{1}{r}$, then I get: $$ds^2=g(t)dt^2+r^3 du^...
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How do we know singularities/black holes actually bend time?

Recently I read up on some articles about singularities / black holes, how they form and how they affect their surroundings. Just to clarify, I am no physicist and I found those articles on the ...
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How much mass can colliding black holes lose as gravitational waves?

Concerning the recent detection of gravitational waves produced by colliding black holes, it has been reported that a significant percentage of the combined mass was lost in the resulting production ...
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How long can a particle survive inside of the horizon of a black hole?

By examining the causal structure of a Schwarzschild black hole, one can see that a particle in region II is unable to escape to $r=\infty$. Such diagrams do not show, however, how long a particle ...
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Chasing someone who has fallen into a black hole

Assume that my friend and I decided to explore a black hole. I parked the spaceship in a circular orbit safely away from the horizon. He puts on his spacesuit with a jet pack and carefully travels ...
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What are the virtual particles generated during the Hawking radiation?

What are the virtual particle pairs generated during the Hawking radiation? If a photon is emitted by Hawking radiation, what is its negative energy partner which fell into the black hole? Does it ...
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Is the universe actually formed according to the big bang theory? [closed]

Big-Bang pretty much explain the origin of universe, but still many people don't believe it. Isn't it possible that our universe come out of a white hole which have been pulled out from a black hole ...
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Does time and time dilation exist in a black hole?

Since being near stronger gravitational fields causes time dilation, can this be generalized to the region beyond the event horizon? i.e , is it meaningful to say that someone outside the black hole ...
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Killing Horizon for Kerr Black Hole

I have some confusion about Killing Horizon of BH. Since a Killing Horizon (KH) is a null hyper-surface at which killing vector $k^{\mu}$ is null; $k^{\mu}k_{\mu}=0.$ For time translation symmetry $...
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Hawking radiation for closely orbiting black holes

Suppose we have two black holes of radius $R_b$ orbiting at a distance $R_r$. I believe semi-classical approximations describe correctly the case where $R_r$ is much larger than the average black body ...
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QPO and super-orbital periods

Are super-orbital periods from pulsars/neutron stars the same thing that the Quasi-Periodic Oscillations that apply not only to pulsar but also to more general compact objects like black holes?
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Killing Horizon for a space-time metric

How many Killing Horizon (KH) are possible for a particular S.T. metric. Because there is a surface gravity associated to each KH, which is constant over KH surface. Do a Black Hole have many surface ...
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How to get null tetrad by metric?

How to get null tetrads ${l^a,n^a,m^a,\overline{m}^a}$ for this metric? This on is from Ryder's book (Introduction to general relativity) page 268 $g^{\mu\nu}=\begin{pmatrix} 0 & \frac{1}{c} &...
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Can light change the shape of a black hole?

If light orbits a black hole without ever getting closer or further from it, and the black hole pulls on the light from all directions nearly simultaneously, does the black hole extend at its equator? ...
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Black Hole: mass density or energy density? [closed]

Recently, I read a quora post in which the OP asked the following question: Can a black hole be formed from accelerating a body and increasing its relativistic mass to the level of a Schwarzschild ...
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Cygnus X-1, HDE 226868 radial velocity and mass function

Where could I find the data of the Radial Velocity for the visible companion (an O class star) for the binary system of Cygnus X-1? Also for this system, we have the mass function $$ f(M)=\dfrac{PK_C^...
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Coupling between galaxy spin and central black hole spin

What is the relationship between the spin of a galaxy and the spin of its corresponding black hole? Associated questions: Do they always have the same axis of rotation? Do they always spin in the ...
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What happens to objects sucked into a black hole after the black hole evaporates away?

Suppose an object falls into a black hole that's so massive that it wouldn't get torn apart at the event horizon. What happens to it after the black hole evaporates away? According to the theory ...
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black hole potential well

Let d be the distance (in some coordinate system) from a particle to the event horizon of a black hole. For a particle starting at distance d>0 above the event horizon to rise away to a very large (...
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Doesn't the Schwarzschild metric combined with Hawking radiation imply that nothing ever gets past the event horizon of a black hole?

According to the General Theory of Relativity, the coordinate time distance per spacetime distance traveled by a particle freely falling into a black hole gets closer and closer to $0$ as the particle ...
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Zero gravity at center of astronomical bodies [closed]

All theories agree that the net gravity at center of all astronomical bodies is zero. Are black holes exception to this? Is gravity zero at the center:) of singularity? Is anything like center of ...
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Why can't a nucleus become a black hole?

A nucleus is very small and very dense. Its density is approximately $2.3 \times 10^{17}~\mathrm{kg/m^3}.$ So why can't a nucleus itself become a black hole?
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Removing temperature from black hole

Suppose I take the metric of a three dimensional AdS-Schwarzschild black brane (Note not actually a black hole!): $ds^2 = \frac{L^2 dr^2}{r^2 W} + \frac{r^2}{L^2} \left[ - W dt^2 + dz^2 + dx^2 \right]...
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Black hole no-hair theorems vs. entropy and surface area

I was revisiting some old popular science books a while ago and two statements struck me as incompatible. No-hair theorems: a black hole is fully-described by just a few numbers (mass, spin etc) ...