Quantum mechanics means some black hole orbits are impossible to predict

Foreseeing the paths of three orbiting objects sometimes requires precision better than the quantum limit

illustration of orbiting black holes

For a trio of orbiting black holes (illustrated), even if their locations are known to the quantum limit, it’s not always possible to predict their future paths.

NASA, CXC, A. Hobart, T. Tibbitts

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