What is the shape of a Black Hole?

  1. I want to know what is the shape of a Black Hole? Is it round like a globe, or is it flat or oval shaped?
     
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  3. mathman

    mathman 6,618
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    google "black hole shape". You will get lots of descriptions.
     
  4. Chronos

    Chronos 10,124
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    For all practical purposes, black holes are spherical. The event horizon of a rapidly spinning black hole may be slightly oblate. The putative singularity at the center of a rapidly spinning black hole could be disc shaped, as opposed to a point. Chances are good, however, that singularities will be resolved by a correct treatment of quantum effects [i.e., a theory of quantum gravity]. For discussion, see http://www.einstein-online.info/spotlights/bh_uniqueness.
     
  5. Thanks Cronos for the Einstein Link.
     
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