Cover story for the biggest science magazine of the world. Visualizing a new theory: white holes.
WE’RE all familiar with black holes, those exotic beasts that we believe populate the universe, lurking in the hot cores of galaxies and sucking in everything that gets too close. Black holes emerge from Einstein’s theory of general relativity; they are the graves of stars, places where space-time becomes curved beyond recognition. But an even stranger distortion of space-time might be lurking in Einstein’s equations: the anti-black hole, aka the white hole.