I moved the following into background:

It is unclear whether this designation referred to a neutron star or to a black hole. Both are high mass (and therefore, high gravity) objects that do not emit visible light.

Presumedly, Kirk and crew did know what they were talking about, only we (the viewer) does not. Therefore, it does not belong in the main part of the article, where it implies that Kirk did not know what he was talking about. --OuroborosCobra 05:45, 27 June 2006 (UTC)

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  • Instead of a fictional type of star, this designation might also refer to a neutron star or a black hole. Both have high mass, and therefore high gravity, and are objects that do not emit visible light. Episode writer D.C. Fontana probably meant a black hole, as the concept of collapsed stellar objects that do not emit radiation dates to around 1916 and Karl Schwarzschild, but the term black hole did not enter the vernacular until 1967 – after this episode was written.

Not sure why this is here since it speculates what Fontana meant. — Morder 19:44, 21 May 2009 (UTC)

Neutron Stars Emit Visible Light, It's Just bent via a gravity lens, They Would Appear White – Alexlyoko13 18:26, December 22, 2009 (UTC)

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Anyone else aware that this term was used before the term black hole was even thought of? Black star was actually meant to be the result of a black hole. Forget the name. Neutron star?

The external link to wikipedia provides this information to readers. --Pseudohuman 13:39, November 6, 2010 (UTC)

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