When a huge star that often times has much greater mass than that of the sun comes to the end of it’s life cycle, it collapses in on itself and forms a singularity. The result of such creation breathes life to phenomena known as the black hole from which not even light itself can escape. That’s pretty much our “old school” data on it, that’s according to one scientist who says that it is impossible for black holes to exists and she has mathematical proof to support her claims.
The research was conducted by Professor Laura Mersini-Houghton from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the College of Arts and Scientists. She claims that once a star dies it releases a type of radiation known as Hawking radiation predicted by Professor Stephen Hawking. Professor Mersini-Houghton believes that in the process that star sheds so much mass that it no longer has the density to become a black hole. She insists that the dying star swells and explodes before it can become a black hole.
The singularity as predicted never forms, and neither does the event horizon – the boundary of the black hole where not even light can escape. “I’m still not over the shock,” said Professor Mersini-Houghton. “We’ve been studying this problem for a more than 50 years and this solution gives us a lot to think about.” she added.
Experimental evidence may one day provide proof as to whether black holes do exist or not in the universe. For now Mersini-Houghton says the mathematics are conclusive, what’s even more bizarre is that the research also questioned the veracity of the Big Bang Theory. Most physicists think the universe originated from a singularity that began expanding with the Big Bang approximately 13.8 billion years ago. However, if it is impossible for singularities to exists as partially predicted by Professor Mersini-Houghton, then that theory would also be brought into disrepute.