Stephen Hawking Claims Escape From A Black Hole Is Possible – ‘Black Holes Ain’t As Black As They Are Painted,’ He Says

Alap Naik Desai

Stephen Hawking feels black holes, the largest predators in the universe, aren't as inescapable as previously thought to be.

Renowned cosmologist Stephen Hawking proposed a new theory, wherein he states that the escape from a black hole might be possible in the relative, if not absolute, sense, reported ABC News. Speaking at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, Hawking said black holes aren't as all-encompassing as previously thought and though matter is bound to get sucked in, its essence might still be recoverable.

"I propose that the information is stored not in the interior of the black hole as one might expect, but in its boundary, the event horizon. Before entering the point of no return in the black hole, information is encoded in a two-dimensional hologram on the event horizon. The stored information is then emitted in quantum fluctuations in chaotic, useless form. For all practical purposes the information is lost."

In simpler terms, it means that any matter that ventures close to a black hole is bound to get sucked in. However, Hawking proposes that owing to the immense gravitational pull, from which even light can't escape, transforms any 3 dimensional object into a 2 dimensional hologram that lingers at the edge of the black hole. When photons are ejected from a black hole due to quantum fluctuations, they take along this holographic information with them, reported MSN.

What this basically means is that an object will be sucked in and, for all practical purposes, will be forever lost or be obliterated, but its formative information will continue to stick around and may eventually be ejected.

It's interesting to note that majority of the currently available knowledge on black holes is from Hawking himself. He even suggested that the objects or at least their information that get sucked in might emerge in another universe, reported the Washington Post. Concluding his lecture, he said as follows.

"The message of this lecture is that black holes ain't as black as they are painted. They are not the eternal prisons they were once thought. But anyone who enters one wouldn't be able to come back to our universe. So although I'm keen on space flight, I'm not going to try that."

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