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New type of celestial object?
It's only hypothetical unfortunately but could be of interest.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have conducted simulations that suggest the existence of a new type of celestial object that closely resembles a black hole. Called a topological soliton, this hypothetical object distorts space in the same way as a black hole but scatters and releases weak light rays instead of absorbing them.

The researchers used mathematical equations and simulations to construct the object, indicating that there may be other hidden celestial bodies in space. This research is based on string theory and aims to reconcile quantum mechanics with Einstein’s theory of gravity, potentially proposing new types of ultracompact stars in the future.

Johns Hopkins researchers have discovered a hypothetical celestial object, called a topological soliton, which mimics a black hole but emits weak light rays.
It looks like a black hole and bends light like a black hole, but it could actually be a new type of star.

Though the mysterious object is a hypothetical mathematical construction, new simulations by Johns Hopkins researchers suggest there could be other celestial bodies in space hiding from even the best telescopes on Earth. The findings are set to publish in the journal Physical Review D.

The new simulations realistically depict an object the Johns Hopkins team calls a topological soliton. The simulations show an object looking like a blurry photo of a black hole from afar but like something else entirely up close.

The object is hypothetical at this stage. But the fact that the team could construct it using mathematical equations and show what it looks like with simulations suggests there could be other types of celestial bodies in space hiding from even the best telescopes on Earth.

The findings show how the topological soliton distorts space exactly as a black hole does—but behaves unlike a black hole as it scrambles and releases weak light rays that would not escape the strong gravitational force of a true hole.

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