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Black Hole

This is an example of a Black Hole found in the Game Play. You cannot see the Black Hole itself but what is visible is the Accretion Disk formed from matter falling toward the Black Hole.

Black Holes allow the player's spaceship to traverse large distances across the Galaxy in seconds. However, the player must possess a Wormhole Key in order to travel safely through it. Strangely, flying close to a black hole without the wormhole key will not result in ship destruction. On higher graphics settings they have a gravitational lensing effect.

Black holes in astronomy Edit

A Black Hole is formed by the collapse of the core of a High-Mass Star after ending its life-cycle with a supernova to form a singularity. Black Holes have sufficient density to prevent the escape of Electromagnetic Radiation (Visible Light, Radio, etc), rendering them completely black.

Due to its massive gravitational pull, the presence of a Black Hole will cause gravitational lensing, the effect produced when light 'bends' around a large stellar mass such as a star. A Black Hole is technically a singularity (an object that has all of its matter in one single place) with an event horizon (the boundary around a Black Hole at which no light or matter can escape from the Black Hole) surrounding it, otherwise known as the Schwarzschild radius. Black Holes, in addition to other massive objects, produce Tidal Effects, caused by separate parts of an object or object falling into the event horizon at different speeds, which rips any cohesive matter to shreds. A current theory as to what the Galactic Core of our Galaxy is, is an example of the largest Black Holes known to us; the super massive Black Holes. These are theorized to be in the center of many of the galaxies in the known Universe, and that they form the rotational axis of that galaxy. A super-massive Black Hole has millions of solar masses, and the biggest known is OJ 287, weighing in at 18,000,000,000 solar masses.

Black Holes are formed in the same process that Neutron Stars are made, with the mass of the dying star and the star's surrounding environment helping to determine how the star will end up. A Neutron Star is a collapsed star that is formed completely out of neutrons, giving it an extremely high density.

A Note on Relativity Edit

According to Einstein's theory of relativity, time itself should bend around a black hole. There is significant mathematical evidence to support this theory. If an astronaut were to orbit a black hole for several hours, then he or she would return from their trip to find centuries had passed. Strangely, there is no evidence of this in-game. Although it could be a side effect of the Wormhole Key, which allows safe travel, this is unlikely as the effects aren't present even without the key.

Navigating Black Holes in Spore Edit

Properly used, Black holes can be the fastest and easiest way to get around the Spore Galaxy, to almost any location. They are trumped only by the Return Ticket archetype ability, which instantly warps you to your home system. However, black holes are unpredictable, and for the unwary, they can be the fastest way to getting totally and completely lost.

It should be noted that there's no 'quick and easy' map to download that lists all the black holes and where they lead to, as black holes apparently change from game to game. Although their physical locations stay the same, where they connect to and what they're named may be completely different.

A suggested rule of thumb for navigating the galaxy's black holes is to keep track of the coordinates of each black hole you come across (shown in angle & distance for any location the player is at by hovering above the space ship) and to jot down the coordinates of the black hole it connects to. (For more dedicated players, using a coordinate map of the galaxy and drawing connection lines with a key may prove even more beneficial.) (The player can also use the rename star cheat to rename black holes to tell you where they exit, for example, by naming it as the coordinates of the black hole it connects to)

However, as mentioned, the player is alone in this endeavour, as the connections and names are different for each person.

Turning on the Visited Systems filter will link black holes with their counterparts once both black holes have been traveled through.

The player can toggle the Travel Trail option, which will leave a trail behind his/her ship every time it goes to a new star. Then, when the player is finished exploring the region of space, they can retrace their steps and go back to that black hole.

[Suggested addition: High Res Angle/Parsec map of galaxy with black hole Locations shown and labels, so all that is needed is to print it off and connect the lines when connections are discovered.]

Exploration Tactics Edit

Some black holes lead to Hubs wherein 1-3 other black holes can be found within 20 or so parsecs. Exploring through all of these can allow the player to construct a vast empire spanning across the galaxy, exploring black hole networks can be demanding however. It is advised that players have a sizable empire wherein a few million sporebucks is negligible money as well as having unlocked terraforming tools Cloud Accumulator, Cloud Vacuum, Refrigeration Ray and Heat Ray.

A good tactic to use is by establishing a full colony in a nearby system. A player should bring colony-packs, uber turrets and a diverse amount of plants and creatures to transform the planet into a T3 planet. By using these, a planet can have the ability to establish cities with turrets in all of the available slots, in addition to an uber turret. Building such colonies near black holes ensures that when the player goes exploring around a new galactic region there is always a handy colony nearby to repair and refuel at. These settlements also ensures that the player will not be lost as the planet can be easily detected. With full defenses and an Uber turret, the player does not need to worry about protecting their network worlds.


Known Black hole Locations in Spore Edit

This list is complete (336 Black holes). For further information, see the Star Map.

Angle Distance
0.4812934.19
0.548598.16
0.933337.80
0.968130.18
0.9712818.40
1.311228.31
1.453260.29
2.344043.86
2.421932.84
2.4612789.26
5.331468.72
5.603942.13
5.783001.08
6.308257.02
6.5112575.37
7.2012249.28
7.7812147.24
8.212108.97
8.6912333.35
10.603872.27
11.712570.62
11.773089.85
12.5312142.22
13.563513.42
14.1011939.33
15.1611956.97
16.243435.44
16.3311903.76
17.142143.51
18.583356.04
19.8211811.00
21.776804.84
22.643065.92
23.006737.76
23.277289.79
24.166968.79
24.222074.72
25.413002.99
28.652690.35
28.87510.14
29.026556.95
29.10734.82
30.081148.26
30.461787.21
31.203125.54
38.385919.02
39.492198.85
39.9210600.25
40.195357.60
40.712650.85
40.896706.06
43.8610136.81
48.485348.93
49.564864.92
51.312777.36
53.095319.01
54.631649.35
54.905062.64
57.682370.53
58.092101.57
58.248938.46
59.094317.48
59.661812.71
61.432404.62
63.27645.90
64.588778.74
65.488232.42
65.524008.53
65.624426.88
66.618310.23
67.648364.54
69.302258.99
70.707616.60
72.383713.97
72.597762.18
73.327273.77
75.453542.24
75.877752.33
77.877521.03
78.861706.41
79.647921.18
81.124247.75
83.201795.26
83.903228.86
84.3911246.52
84.777053.36
86.542225.67
88.003101.42
88.546806.80
89.031015.98
89.402880.21
89.547132.68
89.966611.20
91.236476.87
92.643295.09
93.796378.30
93.9111192.85
94.17659.59
94.381651.68
96.172869.24
97.421882.13
97.832548.56
99.332223.60
103.10900.78
105.941027.97
106.735501.38
106.762062.38
106.8410232.54
111.629738.63
113.955344.70
113.959547.30
114.615491.69
114.662174.46
115.519544.45
119.70885.27
120.471654.56
123.194130.39
123.554939.25
124.099144.65
125.014622.06
127.531938.34
127.624919.89
127.925077.34
129.903647.15
130.004368.76
130.8112942.39
131.078772.22
133.324149.75
133.474309.01
135.33781.59
136.213727.93
136.241905.26
141.021569.23
141.7413028.04
145.012776.38
147.013980.47
147.062524.12
151.3212520.95
152.4912297.63
153.382325.74
153.4412455.91
153.512585.07
154.237571.76
154.552172.87
154.6612500.40
156.1812435.08
158.2612373.17
159.802382.04
166.2411886.40
167.082213.38
174.0111317.33
175.121930.03
175.7411472.90
175.966626.94
176.7911302.71
178.682431.49
178.786494.82
179.971532.42
183.4311005.31
183.5010771.27
183.661274.62
184.6810747.97
185.135512.85
186.025756.93
188.041758.07
188.075861.41
190.252007.18
190.511055.36
193.605126.89
193.905254.10
195.2110143.12
195.874815.12
197.524734.03
198.10968.42
201.719862.67
203.454963.50
204.173749.32
208.634119.77
209.952910.77
210.184363.69
211.403423.82
211.768908.91
212.3013089.56
212.363124.66
213.551338.83
213.6913204.10
213.723408.09
214.2613008.99
214.804228.89
216.099082.85
216.192834.78
217.808547.73
219.0012729.22
219.2812477.31
219.392808.58
221.3812781.28
221.432113.34
221.4612262.35
221.6912043.41
221.8612495.79
222.0112787.77
222.603443.96
223.193245.25
226.03875.67
226.312237.40
226.587628.65 (Nearest black hole to the Sol system)
226.893195.04
229.4111922.17
229.632627.48
229.753198.07
230.123466.62
230.442242.61
230.617524.36
231.4611572.78
231.651924.57
232.3311990.53
232.512732.10
233.5111532.79
234.932780.97
236.103074.60
239.622129.60
240.906686.49
241.123227.59
242.00962.31
244.003020.92
244.992269.63
247.881510.96
248.471976.55
248.7610448.29
249.715996.76
250.731250.35
252.712615.33
253.565692.71
254.141795.98
255.535977.52
255.575523.23
256.47762.46
256.624935.58
257.035263.72
257.081322.11
257.182447.03
259.575662.00
260.815197.50
260.905307.38
265.159196.74
266.569069.00
267.094806.50
269.024362.00
269.968944.34
270.175650.84
270.453786.71
271.724447.06
272.192140.73
272.974339.79
273.419041.31
275.854027.10
276.914144.58
277.911163.95
280.103956.34
281.241622.98
282.443763.97
284.311754.65
285.363357.86
285.763705.12
286.194170.14
287.552819.17
287.588028.82
287.767692.72
289.763322.62
290.774048.58
292.3211389.50
293.233046.12
294.403192.60
295.5211309.11
295.63912.08
296.337346.18
296.787406.87
297.762915.20
298.7011447.54
300.1011352.25
301.1811223.13
302.587066.55
302.706682.83
302.822937.54
303.971125.56
304.0710929.46
305.611281.44
306.846478.08
308.9611042.93
311.432780.23
313.553331.93
313.966594.44
314.442460.28
316.2910523.77
316.351193.25
316.922893.20
319.7710578.82
319.942556.86
323.915450.86
324.0510186.31
324.372071.29
324.9310027.03
327.195520.00
328.243128.68
328.352929.76
329.095179.59
330.312882.21
332.045207.84
332.515053.70
333.055992.98
333.382451.21
334.5810225.54
336.571792.37
337.444361.02
337.862618.95
338.374836.66
339.074688.14
344.322438.52
344.652070.05
345.219026.90
346.831929.75
347.318999.66
348.178571.33
349.198779.37
349.633816.28
350.713566.37
351.762293.30
353.518246.97
354.263301.79
355.098341.80
357.058556.99
357.7413243.48
358.1913005.30
358.6512914.48
359.981800.90
359.998467.58

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