Black holes are infinities wrapped in infinities: objects containing an infinitely small point with infinite density that warps spacetime to such a degree that not even light can escape. But the laws of physics say information can't be destroyed, so if nothing can escape a black hole ... can a black hole even exist? As much as the experts say they do (and, we should emphasize, they are winning this theoretical race by a pretty wide margin) we've still never seen one. What if the hulking objects that form when a massive star collapses are really something else? When you start pondering that question, things get really weird, really quickly. Below are five alternatives to the object we know as the black hole.
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Written by Ashley Hamer June 25, 2018
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