Artist's impression of a merger of black holes. Physicists have proposed a new model that suggests black hole growth depends on the expansion of the Universe. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Metaphorically, Black Holes Can Be “Tall and Broad, Short and Skinny at the Same Time”

Metaphorically, Black Holes can be tall and broad but also short and skinny at the same time. In other words, Black holes have been found to have strange quantum properties, such as the ability to simultaneously hold different masses.


The more we explore a Black Hole, the more we uncover what unique objects they are. The effort to understand these cosmic monsters is more than worthwhile. Recent estimates suggest there are some 40 Billion Billions Black Holes in the universe. There are so many of these curious objects, and our knowledge of them is limited. But we are getting to know these cosmic monsters better with each study. Now, new research has revealed even stranger characteristics bout Black Holes.

A person cannot be tall and broad yet small and skinny simultaneously. It is just impossible because of our rootedness in traditional physics. However, Scientists have found that for so-called Quantum Black Holes, this is the case. Black holes have been found to have strange quantum properties, such as the ability to simultaneously hold different masses, according to theoretical physicists at the University of Queensland. Under the leadership of UQ Ph.D. candidate Joshua Foo, a team of theoretical physicists conducted calculations that revealed surprising quantum phenomena associated with them.


Fascinating subject

During his discussion of the discovery, Mr. Foo explained that these powerful objects are one of the most fascinating features of our universe. The massive cosmic monsters are created by gravity, compressing a vast amount of matter into tiny space, creating such powerful gravitational pulls that even light can’t escape. As Mr. Foo explained, it is a phenomenon that can be caused by a dying star. Black holes seem to display some strange and wonderful quantum physics behavior, but we haven’t investigated this thoroughly until now. The superposition of particles on a quantum scale is one example of such behavior. Schrödinger’s cat illustrates this perfectly, as it can be both dead and alive simultaneously.

Quantum Black Holes

Black holes, on the other hand, can have wildly different masses at the same time, as the researchers have found out. It would be like being both tall and broad at the same time as being short and thin. Our rootedness in traditional physics makes this situation intuitively confusing. For quantum black holes, this is a reality. To uncover this, scientists developed a mathematical framework that allows particles to be “placed” outside of a hypothetical mass-superposed black hole. It is plausible that quantum black holes would naturally possess mass superposition since mass is a defining feature of black holes.

The secrets of the cosmos

In fact, the research confirms theories raised by quantum physics pioneers, according to co-supervisor Magdalena Zych. According to scientists, the universe has finally begun to reveal that it is more strange, mysterious, fascinating, and unpredictable than anyone could have imagined. You can read more about this new surprising characteristic of Black Holes in the Journal Physical Review Letters.


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Written by Ivan Petricevic

I've been writing passionately about ancient civilizations, history, alien life, and various other subjects for more than eight years. You may have seen me appear on Discovery Channel's What On Earth series, History Channel's Ancient Aliens, and Gaia's Ancient Civilizations among others.

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