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Black Holes Encyclopedia
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FAQ

Where did the name 'black hole' come from?

Princeton physicist John Archibald Wheeler coined the term in the 1960s. At the time, these objects were little more than theoretical talking points, and no one had discovered any evidence that they really existed.

Other FAQs

What is a black hole?

Do black holes really exist?

Are any black holes close to Earth?

Will our Sun become a black hole?

What is the biggest black hole?

What happens when you get close to a black hole?

How does a black hole form?

Are black holes 'doorways' to other parts of the universe?

Can anything ever escape from a black hole?

How many black holes are there?

How can a black hole's own gravity, but not light, escape from it?

How are black holes named?

Will our universe become a black hole?

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