How Do Black Holes Form?


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** How Do Black Holes Form? **

by Shazi Irshad on June 25, 2009

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So what’s a black hole? A celestial body with such an intense pull that
nothing, not light, not electromagnetic radiation – nothing can escape
its pull; hence the name *black hole*. It possesses an infinite density and
is a *one-way pathway* because things can go in but cannot escape out. Its
core is termed as *singularity* and the outer boundary is the *event
horizon*, the end point beyond which anything and everything is sucked into
the cosmic whirlpool of infinite density.

But how do blackholes form?

There are many theories to that question.

Most common theory is where a colossal star with a mass of more than *3*
times the Sun’s reaches the end of its life, gets crushed under its own
gravity, leaving behind a compact blackhole.

Let’s see how that intriguing process takes place.

When a gigantic star reaches the final stage of its life and is about to go
supernova (which normally takes billions of years), it spends all the
nuclear fuel by then. So it stops burning and heating up and cannot create
the nuclear energy required to feed the star and let it make a pivotal
balance to support its own gravitational draw against the intense pressures
brewing inside.

Therefore its stability cracks under its own gravity.

The radius of the star shrinks to a critical size, called the
/*Schwarzschild radius*/ and it starts to devour anything and


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Simulated view of a black hole (center) in front of the Large Magellanic
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but highly distorted views of the Cloud. Across the top, the Milky Way disk
appears distorted into an arc.

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A *black hole* is a region of spacetime from which gravity prevents
anything, including light, from escaping.^[1] The theory of general
relativity predicts that a sufficiently compact mass will deform spacetime
to form a black hole. Around a black hole, there is a mathematically
defined surface called an event horizon that marks the point of no return.
The hole is called "black" because it absorbs all the light that hits the
horizon, reflecting nothing, just like a perfect black body in
thermodynamics.^[2]^[3]Quantum field theory in curved spacetime predicts
that event horizons emit radiation like a black


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