Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Black Holes- A Fatal Attraction

They are cosmic quandaries woven into the fabric of space-time. Desolate and dark voids of unparalleled attraction and zero repulsion, channels towards the monstrosities of the universe. And while even light fails to evade their 'magnetism', to shed light on the nuts and bolts of their being is to converge on a Pandora's box of possibilities and realities. Black holes ain't so black. They are the ideal inescapable black body of which their escape velocity exceeds the velocity of light and the ideal candidate for a bottomless pit. And at their heart, the singularity, we confront a point of dimensionless zero volume yet infinite density at which the very field equations and formulae of general relativity become musings of balderdash. The birth of a black hole translates to the death of a star, a genesis of a gravitational singularity from the failure of degeneracy pressure to cease a collapse; accompanied by the emission of hypernova gamma ray bursts. And for such a meticulous evolutionary transition, we realise that any mass has the potential to become a black hole; from elementary particles to celestial bodies in their entirety. Should the mass of the earth be reduced to a Schwarzschild radius of eight millimetres, its mass would pull on itself as the dimensionless singularity becomes the core. And should a person approach the earthly black hole, an observer will notice their acceleration gradually get slower and slower and never reaching the event horizon given the pull on light. And recall that black holes ain't so black, it is the quantum fluctuations that gives rise to the emergence and annihilation of pairs of virtual particles that gives merit to the existence of Hawking radiation. Eventually leading to the loss of the black hole's mass via radiation and ultimately leading to its dissipation and disappearance. But information is just as compendious as matter and energy, its conservation is an axiom of physics and its placement in a black hole, the Information Paradox, leads to much speculation as its fate. Envisage information falling into the event horizon, its substance becomes smothered and permeated across the periphery of the black hole raising the playful thought that dimensions are nothing but smears on a holograph. Similarly, black holes 'have no hair'; they may be explained along the parameters of charge, mass and momentum from an external frame of reference, yet fails to be expounded in terms of the internal properties hidden from empirical observation. Nucleosynthesis from accretion disks produces particles such as neutrinos, a process occurring near hot regions of outflow near the vicinity of the black hole. But above all, its is the envisaging of a worm-hole that primes us when speaking of the fabric of space-time and the cosmic landscape; an alleyway, a cosmological shortcut between two regions of such a fabric. And if the mystique of black holes fails to grip to imagination, fails in its paradoxical yet evolutionary paradigm of burly suction, then it has been reduced to a vacuum cleaner...


  1. Habib do you remember me?
    (f.y.i: usman ali syed)

  2. Hey,I'm not too sure...Could you refresh my memory?

  3. The guy who went malek Fahd?
    Read lots of books? Remember?

  4. I thought so! Albeit nice to hear from you and how did you come across me after so long?

  5. Hashir told me bout ur blog.
    Bro its awesoooome!!

  6. Hey, I have heard that there is a theory that Earth is actually in a black hole...
    Do you think that is possible?
    And I know that black holes form from dead stars, but once a star dies, usually a supernova occurs, so how does that form a black hole?

  7. Hi Usaamah, it's been a long time eh? Responding to your question, the theory is quite probable as it involves a collision of two black holes or even neutron stars that results in a burst of gamma rays that may have irradiated the earth in the eighth or ninth centuries...Just another case of wishful thinking I suppose!