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Posted by Nathan Elbert on October 30, 2000 05:57:05 UTC

In my previous post I conveyed the idea that a star is not part of the formation process of a blackhole.

In reading the post preceding mine I took on the impression that the author thereof assumed a star to be a necessary 'ingredient' in the formation of a black hole.

All that is required is a heck of a lot of matter.

In the process of this matter's gravity pulling itself together, it will enter a stage where it undergoes nuclear fusion and thus burns and is a star.

My post meant to convey that you don't need a star as a main ingredient and that raw matter works quite well. To me the fact that it ignites halfway to becoming a blackhole seems irrelevant.

My apologies for any confusion.


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