The Red Matter is used to create a singularity. Does this singularity crush everything that enters it or just act as a wormhole and transport everything to a different point in time and space? When Spock's ship and Narada are sucked in that aren't destroyed as it acts like a wormhole.

If it's a wormhole, does that mean that Vulcan has just been transported to another time and space?

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Red Matter - The rare mineral decalithium is processed into red matter that creates a black hole when it comes in contact with nuclear matter.

It was presented with a lot of artistic license which made it red when in actuality it wouldn't be and also the matter being "destroyed" (we know it can't be, but Vulcan went poof) yet the spacecrafts didn't, just transported across time/reality. But the fictional inaccuracies aside, its simply an unstable substance that produces massive energy creating a chain reaction that ultimately leads to a black hole. Black holes are theorized to bend spacetime and in this it can act as both massive energy that converts matter into antimatter (Vulcan just becomes antimatter feeding the black hole) and the magnetic wash it creates can explain the manipulation of time and dimension (although again no proof other than science fiction assumptions to date).

But considering some faint elements that are rooted in actual science of quantum chromodynamics. The principle of color charge used to explain quark confinement (basically why protons/neutrons can bind together forming lager groupings) has three aspects of primary colors RGB, though has nothing to do with actual color. Although unlikely this Red Matter was a Gluon, it could still be explained away as possibly some exotic form of Quark matter. This would explains its "destructive" capability (again I use that loosely as we know energy cannot be destroyed just transformed) and that amount of massive energy I suppose could facilitate a shift in spacetime.

Hope that helps.

  • Impressive answer. I'd understood that Vulcan wasn't turned into antimatter it was simply crushed in the black hole formed at it's core
    – Liath
    Sep 6, 2013 at 10:23
  • @liath, for all intents and purposes yes, it was just crushed but the assumption was based on what happens to the energy/matter of the planet, so for the matter to no longer exist we posit it probably became antimatter. This would be consistent with the Stellar black hole theory or collapsars since they form from the end of life cycle collapse of a massive star or supernova. But in the world of science fiction, I guess anything is possible and doesn't have to fit scientific theory :) Sep 6, 2013 at 20:54

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