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Do Neil deGrasse Tyson and Stephen Hawking and others differ about the black hole?

Asked by flo (12974points) March 21st, 2017

I don’t have any detail at all. Whatever you happen to know will be fine.

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zenvelo's avatar

There is not one single Black Hole, but potentially many many.

In general, astrophysicists do not disagree on black holes, but they may have different interpretations of the data related to one.

And bear in mind, information about black holes is updated quite often, as it is found. Just last week there was an article on an object circling a black hole at a speed of 1/10th the speed of light, which is incredibly fast.

flo's avatar

Interesting. Are the ones on the list accurately listed according to their level of credentials?
Also do you happen to know what William Schatner’s documentary about? Is he disputing what one of them says about the Black hole/s?

flutherother's avatar

Black holes are very imperfectly understood and physicists have been busy for years trying to develop theories that can account for them. There is agreement that black holes exist but they are not explicable in terms of general relativity and quantum theory. Physicists do not agree on an explanation for black holes as there isn’t one that works. They are in agreement only as far as acknowledging that more work and more insights are required to solve the mystery.

Rarebear's avatar

What do you want to know?

flo's avatar

@Rarebear Do they differ?

Rarebear's avatar

Well, they are entirely different. Hawking is one of the world’s leading researchers on black holes and Tyson is more of a science communicator. Tyson has not studied black holes, but has concentrated his later research more on type 1A supernova.

Without getting into the quantum physics behind it, Hawking has predicted that black holes radiate black body radiation. If and when this is actually discovered experimentally Hawking will win the Nobel prize.

flo's avatar

Ok. I only brought it up because of William Shatner saying he has something to say about it.

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