Could the Big Bang have been a black hole?

We find out if our universe came from the high gravity objects known as black holes

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Black holes are responsible for phenomena such as quasars, rather than the Big Bang

Black holes are responsible for phenomena such as quasars, rather than the Big Bang

Asked by Janine Crockett

The Big Bang is said to represent a space-time singularity – the point in a black hole where space-time curvature is at a maximum and a point where no solid object can survive – but it didn’t originate from a black hole.

Instead, when you think about it – the Big Bang has more of a resemblance to the reverse of a black hole, called a white hole, since everything that we see today originated from that small point rather than being pulled into it. However, the Big Bang isn’t a white hole either.

What we do know, though, is that black holes are responsible for phenomena such as quasars rather than the Big Bang – so we shouldn’t expect any miniature Big Bangs occurring in the universe.

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