Talk:Apparent horizon

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This article needs attention from an expert in Physics.[edit]

"This article needs attention from an expert in Physics." As someone who is an expert in nothing, this is a somewhat disconcerting way to start a page when I have accessed it in pursuit of knowledge. Is there any way I (or anyone who wants to) can help? Else this statement seems like a relatively hopeless plea which has truly bummed me out on an already rock-bottom, sunny side up rotation of my planet. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:44, 26 April 2016 (UTC)

As a physicist, but not an expert in the field I immediately recognize this as a candidate for a complete shit written by another baseball journalist. I don't need a warning, but you do. I am not sure, however. I came here because I met this term somewhere else and wanted to know the meaning. --Дядько Ігор (talk) 17:35, 23 June 2017 (UTC)


This article is wrong, or at least very incomplete/oversimplified. For example the Kerr solution has multiple horizons which have different meanings to different observers. These are not just "apparent" horizons, but have real meanings, and they are all a kind-of-like "absolute horizons"... except that the WP article on absolute horizon is incorrect in the same ways. linas 06:00, 13 January 2007 (UTC)

I splated on a disclaimer: See, however the articles on ergosphere, Cauchy horizon, the Reissner-Nordström solution, photon sphere, Killing horizon and naked singularity; the notion of a horizon in general relativity is subtle, and depends on fine distinctions. as a short term fix. linas 01:28, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

The article seems to be inaccurate at best. arXiv:gr-qc/0508107 seems to provide a decent overview of the subject of alternative horizon definitions including alternative horizons. (TimothyRias (talk) 09:27, 3 April 2008 (UTC))

Re. the paragraph

"Now we look at light rays that are directed outward, along these normal vectors. The rays will either be diverging (the usual case one would expect) or converging. Intuitively, if the light rays are converging, this means that the light is moving backwards inside of the ball. If all the rays around the entire surface are converging, we say that there is a trapped null surface."

A Schwarzschild black hole being symmetrical, light rays directed along the normal vectors must all be radial and divergent. Taken with the above, this implies to me that there are no trapped null surfaces. I don't think this is what the author intended. --Dendropithecus (talk) 11:40, 22 March 2010 (UTC)

Reading this, and lacking any means of visualising the surface(s) referred to, several questions occur to me. One question is normal to what? The second question is "which way is outward". The simple answer (clearly not the right one) is to visualise a sphere with outwardly directed radial vectors. Another question is: what is meant by the phrase "all the rays are converging"? This is also difficult to visualise. I'm sure the author knows what s/he means, as may others here, but I think it unlikely that anyone unfamiliar with the territory could gain any insight from this article as it stands. This sorely needs a diagram or two and some rephrasing or expansion also. --Dendropithecus (talk) 02:53, 25 March 2010 (UTC)

Assessment comment[edit]

The comment(s) below were originally left at Talk:Apparent horizon/Comments, and are posted here for posterity. Following several discussions in past years, these subpages are now deprecated. The comments may be irrelevant or outdated; if so, please feel free to remove this section.

Comments on article assessment. The article is rather good, with a short-and-sweet top section, and stays within the scope of defining "Apparent Horizon" and linking to other areas of interest. I think it could use some editing for readability (especially in the definition part), and perhaps a bit of expansion on other topics (how do you slice the Schwarzchild spacetime to remove the apparent horizon?) and a graphic illustrating the idea of a trapped null surface would really add a lot. I think it's of low importance since it's mainly of specialist interest. Wesino 17:49, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

Last edited at 17:49, 30 November 2006 (UTC). Substituted at 08:06, 29 April 2016 (UTC)

Removed "observer-dependent"[edit]

I spoke to two experts in general relativity, and neither of them understood exactly what it means for an apparent horizon to be "observer-dependent," so I removed those statements. If anyone adds them back in, please clarify what you mean.Ted.tem.parker (talk) 21:00, 3 April 2017 (UTC)ted.tem.parker