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Why is a black hole black?

In general relativity (ignoring Hawking radiation), why is a black hole black? Why nothing, not even light, can escape from inside a black hole? To make the question simpler, say, why is a ...
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Can matter really fall through an event horizon?

This question is closely related to Event horizons without singularities from about a year ago (May 2012), which John Rennie answered nicely and persuasively. My variant of the question is this: ...
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What will the universe look like for anyone falling into a black hole?

I've heard that, from the perspective of an external observer, something falling into a black hole will eventually look "frozen": light waves will move to the infrared and further into lower ...
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Would the inside of a black hole be like a giant mirror?

As any light reflected or emitted from objects inside a black hole (if it is possible to be there) does not leave the event horizon and comes back inside, would it be like seeing yourself? What I ...
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What would be the view like from inside a black hole looking towards the event horizon?

Ignoring the fact that we would be torn apart by gravitational gradient and assuming we get some time to make some observations before hitting singularity, what would we see looking towards the event ...
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Time dilation when falling into black hole

I know that if one astronaut falls into a black hole, then a distant observer will see him take an infinite amount of time to reach the event horizon (provided the observer can see light of ...
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Aren't black holes required to exist forever in our frame of reference?

I know that for an observer far away, nothing ever crosses a black hole horizon (due to time dilation), while in the frame of reference of a falling observer the horizon is nothing special on its way ...
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Does the maximally-extended Schwarzschild horizon see the entire past of the parallel universe?

I've seen similar discussions for the inner horizons of Kerr and Reissner-Nordstöm metrics, but I've never seen mention for the simple maximally extended Schwarzschild geometry: As an infalling ...
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Photons straight into black hole

What happens to a photon shot straight into a black hole? Does it gain infinite momentum before it crosses the horizon? If it has a finite momentum going in, then it would seem that a photon of the ...
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Could all matter in a black hole be actually only on its surface (Schwarzschild radius)?

Layman here, sorry if I miss something obvious. Black hole entropy depends linearly on its surface. If all matter in a black hole would actually be located only on its surface (or very near), wouldn'...
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Infalling light signals seen by a free falling observer

In this question/answer Does someone falling into a black hole see the end of the universe?, it is stated that an observer free falling toward/into a black hole will not see the end of the Universe ...
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Where is the black hole information paradox?

If an object falls into a Schwarzschild black hole and a distant observer watches, they see the object fall slower and slower as it approaches the event horizon, until it is "frozen." (To the observer,...
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Can a black hole event horizon form before the singularity for an outside observer?

This is not a duplicate, my question is not about whether BHs have or don't have a singularity, but my question is whether, because of time dilation, no matter has reached the center and formed a ...
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Does it actually take infinite (observer) time for someone to fall into a black hole?

If you were to watch your friend approach a black hole, I understand that you'd see their clock slow until they appear frozen and redshift within a few seconds. But if you were to detect the ...
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Can you shine a laser on an object that has fallen into a black hole? [duplicate]

I've been having a small back and forth on another website about the nature of objects that fall into black holes. I know that they never reach the event horizon from the perspective of a distant ...

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