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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Black Holes and Worm Holes

In science fiction, there are many phenomena in space that are mentioned, including black holes, and worm holes.

Black holes

  • objects of extreme density with such strong gravitational attraction, that even light cannot escape
  • formed by the collapse of individual stars
  • small black holes and the more popular supermassive black holes
  • thought to lie at the center of each universe
  • gather mass from dust and gas around them
  • "event horizon" is boundary around mouth of black hole where light loses its ability to escape
  • objects aren't sucked into black holes, they fall into them

Worm holes

  • a theoretical entity in which space-time curvature connects two distant locations or times
  • not traveling faster than light, but taking a short cut through the fourth dimension, hyperspace
  • in theory, they would collapse before anything could travel through them, but still most loved physical phenomena by sci-fi authors
  • recent calculations suggest we may be able to prevent collapse of worm holes by using "exotic matter", which contains negative energy

So, what do you think? Do you believe worm holes exist? Would you take the chance and travel through space or time by worm hole?


Jessica Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotica. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

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Pippa Jay said...

I have to say, I'd take a chance on jumping through a wormhole. But maybe in another ten or twenty years. :P

Pauline said...

I totally believe! But not sure I'd go through. Always happy to send characters through things though. Grin

Liza O'Connor said...

I'd go, but I'd say goodbye to everyone first.

Jessica E. Subject said...

Pippa - Yes, I'd have to agree with you. Gotta wait until the kids are grown up. :)

Pauline - Let's send a lot of characters through them. :)

Liza - Because we don't know what's on the other side. :)

Mike said...

Stephen Hawking once suggested that wormholes may be occurring all the time on a quantum level. There's no physical law I know of that says they can't exist, and Brian Greene (Quantum Physicist at NYU) seems to think it may be possible to make one if we can manipulate certain quantum particles... So I bet they are not only possible, but will be a reality for us all in the next 50-100 years. -But maybe that's wishful thinking.

Jessica E. Subject said...

Hello, Mike! There are many things I would like to see in my time, and one of them is deep space travel. Maybe it will be through worm holes. :)

Rachel Leigh Smith said...

I'm a Scaper. Bring on the wormholes!! I use a variation on wormholes for the FTL travel in my SFR universe.

If Crichton is the pilot, I'm definitely ready for a wild wormhole ride.