Black holes shouldn't echo, but this one might. Score 1 for Stephen Hawking?

When two neutron stars slammed together far off in space, they created a powerful shaking in the universe — gravitational waves that scientists detected on Earth in 2017. Now, sifting through those gravitational wave recordings, a pair of physicists think they’ve found evidence of a black hole that would violate the neat model drawn from Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity.In general relativity, black holes are simple objects: infinitely compressed singularities, or points of matter, surrounded by smooth event horizons through which no light, energy or matter can escape. Until now, every bit of data we’ve gleaned from black holes has supported this model. But in the 1970s, Stephen Hawking wrote a series of papers suggesting that the borders of black holes aren’t quite so smooth. Instead, they blur thanks to a series of effects linked to quantum mechanics that allow “Hawking radiation” to escape. In the years since, a number of alternative black hole models have…



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