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    Black Holes in Space Might Have Hair

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    According to new research, black holes might actually be made up of qualities other than just their mass, electric charge, or momentum, with what physicists refer to as hair.

    According to new research, black holes might actually be made up of qualities other than just their mass, electric charge, or momentum, with what physicists refer to as hair.


    When astronomer John Wheeler named black holes almost 50 years ago, they were originally believed to be so simple that only these three quantities existed in them.



    Black holes in the universe got their name because the gravitational pull is so strong that light can’t escape.



    Now, researchers from the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste using the scalar-tensor theories of gravity have found that black holes might actually develop hair in the field at the edge of the hole.



    Known as the scalar field, it is a part of the gravitational interaction between the hole and other celestial matter.



    The theory of scalar hair as part of the structure of a black hole is an important part of furthering the understanding of astrophysics, because it is not included in Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity.



    Researchers aren’t sure if the hair makes black holes appear any different, and they might not be able to see it using technology that is currently available.