Stephen Hawking Redefining Black Holes, Points to a Possible Exit

Jun 09, 2016 08:43 AM EDT

Cosmologist Stephen Hawking wants to redefine how man sees a black hole. Black holes are capable of obliterating anything that falls into it, or so it was thought. Because according to the physicist, black holes have a possible exit, contradicting the century-old belief that nothing can escape from it.

Black holes or the "black void in space" have been considered as a mysterious anomaly by science. Experts believe that nothing, not even light can escape and will be trapped eternally into an endless pit of nothingness.

The professor recently spoke about his theory that there might be a way to escape a black hole. But Hawking, together with his colleague Andrew Strominger, released a paper which says that there are clues pointing the way to escape a black hole. The paper will be published in the journal of Physical Review Letters.

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"They are not the eternal prisons they were once thought," said Hawking in a statement published by New York Times. "If you feel you are trapped in a black hole, don't give up. There is a way out."

Stephen Hawking, along with his colleagues, dedicated their time to studying black holes to arrive at their findings. Hawking believes that black holes are not eternal, as it was perceived and that they will eventually explode causing a leak of radiation and particles and possibly releasing what could have been trapped within.

In the paper, Hawking said that their perception is that black holes have limits with regard to the amount of mass it can hold. And once it reaches its maximum capacity, an exit might just be created. "But I discovered that particles can leak out of a black hole," said Hawkings in a lecture. 

The uncertainty of a particles' position within a black hole might enable it to escape. "It can be more than the speed of light, which would allow the particle to escape from the black hole," Hawking added.

Aside from his research on black holes, Stephen Hawking is also working on a project called Breakthrough Starshot, to create a nano-spacecraft will send to the nearest star system, Alpha Centauri.


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