Black Holes

3 reasons why black holes are the scariest things in space

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Black holes — regions of space where gravity is so strong, not even light can escape — are the corpses of dead, massive stars.

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They form when the star runs out of fuel and collapses in on itself so tightly that the basic units of matter are no longer separate particles.

And they’re terrifying.

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Black holes are NOT terrifying in a “one could form in the center of the Earth and swallow us whole at any moment” kind of way.

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And no, the Large Hadron Collider is also not going to create a black hole that swallows the Earth.

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Rather, black holes are terrifying in an existential “we’ll never know the farthest limits of the universe” kind of way.

Here’s why black holes are so terrifying.

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1. Falling into a black hole would suck — get it? — but for real, you’d be absolutely shredded to pieces if you fell into one, because of the strong gravity.

2. At the center of every galaxy, there’s a huge black hole. They range in mass from the mass of a few Suns to several billion Suns.

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Sometimes these black holes eat stars from their own galaxy — but don’t worry, that’s not in the cards for our Solar System.

3. Supermassive black holes are just weird, in a physics way.

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There’s a supermassive black hole 40 billion times the mass of our Sun and 20 times the size of our Solar System.

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The outer edges of this huge black hole take 3 months to make a full journey around the center. That means the outer edge is turning at half the speed of light!

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If you fell into one of these supermassive black holes, you wouldn’t get torn apart — which is great news.

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The bad news is that the gravity is so strong you’d never be able to escape.

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