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Dr Who

Up to date as of January 31, 2010

From TARDIS Index File, the free Doctor Who reference.

Black Holes are holes in space that are created when a star collapses in on itself. It is a place where gravity is so great that nothing, not even light, can escape its pull.

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Black holes and the Time Lords

Thought to occur naturally by human astrophysicists, the Doctor stated that the Time Lords invented black holes. (DW: The Satan Pit) Probably more so meaning that they pioneered creating black holes artificially, not necessarily that they never occur naturally. There are a lot of them, and the Time Lords would have to be very busy indeed to have created them all.

Omega and Rassilon destroyed the star Qqaba (DWM: Star Death) as an energy source powerful enough to enable time travel. Omega, thought dead, survived his journey through this black hole, although he was trapped within it. He was also able to shape matter within it to his will. (DW: The Three Doctors, Arc of Infinity) Rassilon brought back either a black hole or its singularity, no one knows which, to become the Eye of Harmony back on Gallifrey. (DW: The Deadly Assassin)

During the Last Great Time War, the Time Lords used Black Hole Carriers against the Daleks. (DWA: Doctor Who Annual 2006)

The Doctor's TARDIS had the power both to resist the pull of the black hole and also to tug the Walker Expedition's rocket out of the gravitational field of the black hole K37 Gem 5. (DW: The Satan Pit)

Effects on the Universe

Black holes can either behave one of two ways: some holes do, as sometimes speculated, lead to other universes and serve as portals; other holes just eat and eat and rip up star systems and anything else. (DW: The Impossible Planet)

Before the universe began, the ancient Disciples of the Light fixed the planet Krop Tor in geostationary orbit around K37 Gem 5. The Doctor, before learning of this, regarded the planet's fixed orbit as scientifically impossible. Both the black hole and the planet served as a prison in which to confine the Beast. (DW: The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit)

In 2986, the Black Hole of Tartarus presented a hazard to spacecraft. (DW: Terror of the Vervoids)

Artificial black holes

Artificial black holes can be created in place of real ones. In 2006 or later, an experiment in Switzerland (possibly a reference to the large hadron collider) created an artificial black hole, which the robot K-9 then spent a year and a half trying to stabilize in order to protect Earth. (SJA: Invasion of the Bane)

Black holes can also be used as transportation. The Nimons base most of their technology on artificial black holes, especially for long distance transportation. (DW: The Horns of Nimon) The Shalka were able to convert black holes into wormholes for them to travel through. To dispose of waste as well as enemies, the Shalka can change the wormhole back into a black hole. (WC: Scream of the Shalka)

During the Year that Never Happened, the Master created a fleet of Toclafane Rockets, each holding a black hole converter so that he could activate all of them and destroy Earth. The rockets did, however, fade away when time was reversed. (DW: Last of the Time Lords)

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  • An arch-criminal from the planet Nefrin, Brimo, sentenced to remain alive forever in an eternity capsule, found herself inside a black hole when Nefrin's sun collapsed upon itself. Much like Omega, she found herself in a mutable world shaped by her imagination and drained energy from the universe outside it. (DWM: The Time Witch)
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The USS Voyager at the edge of a quantum singularity in 2371.

A quantum singularity, or black hole, is an incredibly dense remnant of a star which has collapsed in on itself with such a force of gravity it pulls in everything in the electromagnetic spectrum, including light. The formation of a black hole could sometimes be observed in a supernova. People in the Federation sometimes referred to them as Hawking black holes after the 20th century Earth scientist, Professor Stephen Hawking. (TOS novel: The Entropy Effect)

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History

By the 22nd century, the Vulcans had charted over 2,000 black holes in both the Alpha and Beta Quadrant. (ENT episode: "Singularity")

In the year 2370, the Heran Modality made use of quantum black holes as warheads onboard their picket ships. (TNG novel: Infiltrator)

The USS Voyager became trapped by a black hole in the year 2371 where they experienced both unusual temporal as well as spatial distortions. They were, however, able to to escape through the use of dekyon beams to open a hole in the event horizon. (VOY episode: "Parallax")

Jadzia Dax often studied quantum singularities in her role as the science officer of Deep Space 9. (DS9 short story: "The Devil You Know")

Technological uses

Power sources

As early as the 2260s, Starfleet had been using artificial quantum singularities as power sources, though only in a limited number of ships and planetary defense systems, and under license. This technology, though, did make its way into other vessels, such as the Rigellian Registry Vessel Queen Mary. (TOS novel: Prime Directive) Planetary based versions were known as singularity plants. (TNG video game: Birth of the Federation)

By the mid 24th century, the Romulan Star Empire used artificial quantum singularities to power the warp cores of their starships, including the massive D'Deridex-class warbirds. Sometimes these quantum singularities were detectable by sensors. (TNG episode: "Timescape", DS9 episode: "Visionary")

Similarly, the ancient communication relay in the Delta Quadrant was powered by an artificial quantum singularity. (VOY episode: "Hunter") Also, scientists at the Mertens Orbital Research Station drew inspiration from the Romulans and had created a singularity as part of a complex power source in the station. (TNG video game: A Final Unity)

The Tigans also harvested the energy of a black hole, using their planet’s geothermic energy to maintain a containment field they held a microscopic black hole in a facility called the gravimatrix which provided Tigan with all its energy requirements. (TNG comic: "History Lesson")

Weapons

By the year 2370, the Heran Modality were able to create small quantum black holes that were capable of being used as weapons that fit in the size of a torpedo. These warheads contained a mass of ten tons and were so small that it was not stable and in fact evaporated through quantum tunneling thus losing mass of one particle at a time until its blackbody temperature rises exponentially until it dies. Once this state was reached, the quantum black hole instantly releases all of its remaining mass as energy with the end result being similar to an matter-antimatter reaction bringing about a burst of high energy gamma waves making them a lot more potent then Federation Photon torpedos. These quantum black holes were known to be rare and the method of their creation by the Herans was unknown which was beyond Starfleet science at the time. (TNG novel: Infiltrator)

The Romulans during the course of the war against the Taurhai Unity developed a Singularity torpedo which they began to equip on their Vereleus class starships. (TNG roleplay module: The Way of D'era: The Romulans)

The Grigari made use of Singularity bomb's in an alternate timeline called the War of the Prophets. In this reality, the Grigari were responsible for detonating the bomb on the planet Gateway which destroyed the entirety of Operation Guardian along with the Grigari forces stationed on the world. (DS9 novel: The War of the Prophets)

Propulsion

In 2376, a team from the USS da Vinci encountered "The Beast". A thorough examination of the vast vessel revealed that they used a black hole propulsion drive that enabled the ship to travel through space by creating artificial singularities. (SCE eBook: The Belly of the Beast)

Data storage

The ancient Manraloth species along with their sister civilizations employed black holes in a unique way as information storage devices with data embedded deep within the singularity which was recovered through quantum displacement. This made the information timeless and readily accessible even over the passage of centuries. (TNG novel: The Buried Age)

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Runescape

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"Black hole" redirects here. For the black hole involved in A Soul's Bane, see Black hole (A Soul's Bane).
A player in the Black Hole.

The Black Hole, (also known as Thordur's black hole), was Jagex's early punishment system back on RuneScape Classic. Players who were misbehaving were sent to The Black Hole. It existed throughout most of 2001, but was removed by December of that same year.

It was essentially a place of total blackness where the players could not move, and were blocked from teleporting. Players were sent to the Black Hole for an indefinite period of time before being taken out. The Black Hole consisted of the void space outside the programmed areas. Players who were sent into the Black Hole would have their law runes removed to prevent them from teleporting out. This made the Black Hole nearly impossible to escape.

Another player in the Black Hole.

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The Black Hole Experience

A disk of returning

A lot of players began deliberately misbehaving to see what it was like to be inside of the black hole, so eventually Andrew Gower programmed a clone of the Black Hole, dubbed "The Black Hole Experience". Players went into the western section of the Dwarven mine (where Boot the Dwarf can be found on present-day RuneScape) and purchased a Disk of Returning from a dwarf named Thordur for 10 coins. Once a player had a disk in their inventory, they were allowed to go down the ladder into the mock black hole.

The Black Hole Experience was eventually removed, along with the real thing, due to players attempting to scam one another by claiming that "something really cool" would happen if players dropped the disk while in the hole, effectively trapping them until Jagex rescued them. This was before the game system could prevent players from dropping certain items, and almost 6 years before the Lumbridge Home Teleport spell was added to the game.

In RuneScape Classic there exists some bugs that allow the player to walk through certain walls and into the void.

Jagex's response to the removal of the Black Hole

Issue 6 of Postbag from the Hedge (released in April 2006) gives the storyline reason of why the Black Hole was removed.

Dear Arcaus,

Thordur used to have a theme ride really close to my little shoe, er, sorry, cave. I used to live in a shoe you see, it's easy to get confused… but anyway, he was forced to close it down. You see, it was a magical journey to some really dark, really empty shoes. I mean caves. People wanted to see the “black hole”, a place where all the naughty dwarves were sent when they had been bad. My mother used to tell me that I would be sent there if I didn’t clean my shoe in the morning. I used to live in a shoe you see. That’s why I am called Boot. Anyway, Thordur ran into problems with the board for Dwarven tourism who had issues with some humans who didn’t like shoes. No, hang on, that’s not it… no, wait a mo… They had become stuck out in the blackness. The black guard had tried to shoe them, err, I mean shoo them out, but they, like all humans, wouldn’t stop complaining. So he had to close the place down. Anyway, the secure cells they send bad folks too are far more organized now, so the tale of Thordur's black hole is more of a legend these days. Now, where’s my old woman gone?

 

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References

  1. ^ Postbag 6. Postbag from the Hedge. Jagex Games Studio (2006-04-24). Archived from the original on 2009-09-30. Retrieved on 2009-09-30.

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Starwars

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This article is about the astrophysical phenomenon. For more uses of black hole, see Black hole (disambiguation).
Black holes around The Maw.
Uldir Lochett: "If it's any consolation, nobody knows exactly what you feel when you cross the singularity of a black hole. It might be extremely painful when every atom in your body collapses into neutrons. And since time virtually stops, it could last a really long time."
Leaft: "You're trying to cheer me up."
Uldir Lochett to Leaft after learning their ship is approaching a black hole.

A black hole was an astrophysical phenomena with gravity of sufficient strength that it prevented even light from escaping.

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Characteristics

Black holes typically resulted from the supernova of extremely large stars (typically supergiants), which resulted in matter so heavy that they could push into the fabric of space, though some were thought to have been created in the initial moments of the formation of the universe.

One section of the black hole was known as the Roche Lobe.

Force-sensitives had a particular dislike and even dread towards black holes.

History

Black holes were common in the galaxy, particularly in a cluster known as The Maw. One existed in the center of the galaxy, and one was also located along the Hydian Way, near Dathomir.

Their intense gravity, combined with the difficulty in detecting them (as they emitted no light) and the fact that smaller black holes could "wander" through space, made them dangerous navigational hazards which snarled hyperspace routes; Hundreds of vessels were believed to be lost every standard year, and the effects of an object in hyperspace or realspace colliding with one were the stuff of every spacefarer's nightmare. Unidentified black holes were marked as Gamma Class navigation hazards.

Black holes were used throughout much of the galaxy's history as sources of energy. Subatomic knots of space-time were created in encompassing unmanned energy refineries, and were an intricate part in the function of all manner of gravitational devices.[1]

Natural black holes

Artificial black holes

In c. 1 ABY, Imperial Doctor Arakkus once simulated the effect of a black hole. He utilized a negatron impact charge on a dwarf star, causing it to collapse on itself. The resulting collapsed dwarf star slowly sucked in its surroundings.

The dovin basals of the Yuuzhan Vong could generate small black holes, which they used as shields. By creating the black hole between a ship and enemy weapons fire, the hole could absorb the incoming fire, which was later dispersed harmlessly as low-intensity gamma radiation when the black hole would evaporate.

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Notes and references

  1. Attack of the Clones: Incredible Cross-Sections

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Star Wars Fanon

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This article is about the short story. You may be looking for the term "black hole" as a pseudonym for undercover Imperial warships.
"Black holes" (nickname)
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Various vessels used for this purpose

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Length

Various vessels used for this purpose

Hyperdrive system

Hyperdrive-equipped

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Members of the Special Clandestine Activities Regiment and the Army Special Activities Regiment

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Illegally-detained prisoners held without right to a fair trial

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Legacy era

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"The characteristic feature of a black hole is that it represents a region of space … from which no form of matter, energy, or information can escape."
—Roger Penrose (1972). “Black Holes and Gravitational Theory”. Nature (236): 377—380[1].

"Black hole" was a nickname given to a number of anonymous and undisclosed spaceships during the Legacy era that were suspected of being operated by the Imperial Intelligence Service or the Imperial Special Operations Command. These spaceships were suspected of being of mobile prisons and torture facilities, where prisoners whose incarceration was illegal by Imperial law were taken. After the apprehension of these individuals, they were taken from their home worlds onto black hole vessels, where they were made to effectively disappear from the galaxy, a "forced disappearance" from their native worlds and communities. Upon these black holes, it was believed that Imperial Special Forces and Imperial Intelligence agents imprisoned high-value captives indefinitely, without right to a fair trial, and torturing them with extreme and illegal experimental methods, including amputation, and with interrogation droids, whose usage had been outlawed by Roan Fel under the "Victory Without War" public relations policy.

These operators of the Special Forces and Imperial Intelligence used these spaceships in order to illegally detain and to illegally torture prisoners, because since these vessels were constantly moving in deep space and executing random hyperspace jumps, it would be impossible for Imperial Mission Committee on Sentient Right Abuses officers or media crews to find them and to reveal their illegal programs. It also made it impossible for opposing forces to find members of their side who had been captured and taken aboard black holes, therefore allowing for the maximum security to detain high-value prisoners of war.

During the tenure of Grand Admiral Camila Ivy Tavira, the usage of "black holes" became routine, allowing Special Forces and Intelligence personnel to conduct extreme interrogations on prisoners without public knowledge of these immoral measures.

The moniker "black hole" was penned because cosmological black holes in real life were regions "from which no form of matter, energy, or information can escape"[1]. Likewise, once a prisoner had been taken aboard a black hole vessel, he or she effectively disappeared from the outside galaxy, fated to either die aboard the vessel or to live the rest of his or her mortal life on a vessel that was continually jumping through hyperspace.

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Penrose, R. (1972). “Black Holes and Gravitational Theory”. Nature (236): 377—380.

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Transformers

Up to date as of February 05, 2010

From Teletraan I: The Transformers Wiki

This article is about the astronomical feature. For the robophobic drinking establishment, see Black Hole Bar and Grill.

A black hole is an astronomical feature that occurs when a massive star collapses into a extremely small singularity so dense than not even light can escape its gravatational field.

Transformers have encountered black holes on a number of occasions and they have frequently been shown to function as portals between alternate universes.

A Quintesson ship with captured Autobots and Decepticons aboard passed through one to a universe where the color spectrum was reversed.

A specially outfitted Powermaster Optimus Prime journeyed into one to discover nucleon.

The bounty hunter Axer traveled through one from the Generation One continuity to the Robots in Disguise continuity.

In the Unicron Trilogy, Unicron's destruction created an especially large black hole which threatened to destroy the multiverse.

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