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A Theology of Technology

Fusing ideas from science and creation apologetics.

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Supermassive Black Holes: Monsters in the Dark

Supermassive Black Holes: Monsters in the Dark

by Maxwell Lorentz Over 2 billion light years away, there lies a galaxy named Hercules A. At its heart lurks a supermassive black hole, and it is a monster—billions of times more massive than the sun, and a hundred billion times brighter than the sun—one of the most powerful objects in the Universe. Supermassive black holes are always massive (by definition), but they’re not always as bright as the one in Hercules A. Often they are quite dark, lurking silently in space. In fact, astronomers think that most galaxies—and maybe even all galaxies—harbor one of these monsters at the center. ...

How to Make a Black Hole Creation

How to Make a Black Hole

A black hole is a place in space where the gravity is so strong that not even light can escape. But how can black holes form? What would make gravity so strong? To answer this question, we need to think about how gravity works. Gravity depends on two things—mass and distance. If you make something more massive, its gravity will get stronger. Or, if you get closer to something, its gravity will get stronger—in particular, if you cut the distance in half, the object’s pull will be four times as strong.[1] There is a catch, though. When we say “distance,” ...

Black Holes: Waterfalls in Space Creation

Black Holes: Waterfalls in Space

by Maxwell Lorentz “What goes up must come down,” they say. But is this true? Throw a ball, straight up, as hard as you can. It goes up—and then comes down. If you could throw it 1,000 miles per hour, it would go more than 6 miles high—and then come down. If you could throw it 10,000 mph, it would go twice as high as the Hubble Space Telescope—and then fall back. But if you could throw the ball 26,000 mph, it would keep going and never return—because this speed is faster than Earth’s escape velocity.[1] The Earth’s escape velocity ...