Long the stuff of fantasy, wormholes may be coming soon to a telescope near you

By Tom Siegfried, 09:50 AM August 5, 2013

For decades now, black holes have been the rock stars of popular astrophysics, both fact and fiction. Physicists rely on them to explain all sorts of mysterious astrophenomena, and black holes have been essential plot devices in various films, from Star Trek (2009) to Galaxy Quest (1999) to (obviously) The Black Hole (1979).

But black holes are not the only famous members of the hole family. Their distorted spacetime cousins, wormholes, are also offspring of Einstein’s general theory of rel...

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