Spinning Black Holes Could Open Up Gentle Portals for Hypersonic Spacecraft

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According to (This article and its images were originally posted on Live Science January 9, 2019 at 11:29AM.)

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For oversized, spinning black holes, the singularity that a spacecraft would have to contend with would be very gentle.
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One of the most cherished science-fiction scenarios is using a black hole as a portal to another dimension or time or universe. That fantasy may be closer to reality than previously imagined.
Black holes are perhaps the most mysterious objects in the universe. They are the consequence of gravity crushing a dying star without limit, leading to the formation of a true singularity — which happens when an entire star gets compressed down to a single point yielding an object with infinite density. This dense and hot singularity punches a hole in the fabric of spacetime itself, possibly opening up an opportunity for hyperspace travel. That is, a shortcut through spacetime allowing for travel over cosmic scale distances in a short period.

Researchers previously thought that any spacecraft attempting to use a black hole as a portal of this type would have to reckon with nature at its worst. The hot and dense singularity would cause the spacecraft to endure a sequence of increasingly uncomfortable tidal stretching and squeezing before being completely vaporized.

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This article and images were originally posted on [Live Science] January 9, 2019 at 11:29AM. Credit to the original author and Live Science | ESIST.T>G>S Recommended Articles Of The Day.

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