Black Holes

Black Holes

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  • Absolutely not! Black holes can only form when a dying star with a core mass of at least 2.8x the sun's core mass collapses. Let's go for a float outside the spaceship.
  • Captain.. I've been worried.. Looking at our sun from out here everyday makes it seem so much bigger and scarier.. Could it ever become a black hole and swallow our solar system up?
  • What if during a future mission our spaceship runs into a black hole? What would we do? Don't they suck everything up like a vacuum?
  • That's actually a very common misconception about black holes. In reality, they don't swallow up everything around them, and we would have to be very close to a one in order for it to succumb to a it’s extreme gravitational force.
  • Huh, interesting.. What other things might I not know about black holes? ...Captain?
  • Idiot humans.
  • Ahem.. Sorry about that.. But you also might not know that black holes don't lead to other places like alternate universes. This theory applies, rather, to wormholes, but there is no evidence that wormholes even exist.
  • What would happen if, let's say, I were to fall into one. What would happen as I fall in?
  • Well Einstein's spacetime theory declares that neither space nor time can be warped without warping the other, so when an object of a large mass, like a black hole, warps the fabric of space, time is also warped.
  • So, if you were inside the gravitational influence of a very massive object, time would go by more slowly to you, but it wouldn't for me. This effect is so extreme near a black hole that time would essentially stop for you, but it wouldn't for someone much further away.
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