Black hole cores may not be infinitely dense but portals to elsewhereSubmitted by Bob-45 on Tue, 06/04/2013 - 17:56
Charles Q. Choi
Tue, 04 Jun 2013 13:30 CDT
The cores of black holes may not hold points of infinite density as currently thought, but portals to elsewhere in the universe, theoretical physicists say.
A black hole possesses a gravitational field so powerful that not even light can escape. A black hole generally forms after a star dies in a titanic explosion known as a supernova, which crushes the remaining core into dense lumps.
A maddening enigma called a singularity -- a region of infinite density -- lies at the heart of each black hole, according to general relativity, the modern theory of gravity. The infinite nature of singularities means that space and time as we know them cease to exist there.