What we didn’t know about black holes

Posted: September 13, 2010 in Life, Musings, TV Programs
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Rotating Black Hole

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 8 fast and good-to-know facts about black holes from watching last night’s Discovery Channel program:

1. Did you know that there’s about a billion black holes spread throughout our known universe? Nope, that’s not a typo. Billion!

2. That there’s an even bigger explosion than a Supernova (upon death of a massive star) called a Hypernova (upon death of a supermassive star) which creates bigger black holes?    

3. That time freezes or slows down after an object goes beyond the event horizon of a black hole?  

4. That the laws of physics seems to break down, as scientists still can’t explain how black holes work—from the inside?  

5. That scientists predict that a black hole might be a portal or gateway to a parallel universe which, in theory, makes time travel possible? 

6. That a black hole can be as colossal as our very own solar system?    

7. And that any thing that gets sucked into a black hole undergoes a process called “spaghettification” or noodle effect?    

That the Sun is the center of the solar system; moving around it are the planets like Earth? [Well, duh, we already know that]    

8. …But that the Sun revolves around the gravitational pull of a supermassive black hole, which lies at the very heart of our own Milky Way galaxy? [Now you know! You’re welcome! :-D]    

—Awesome, Discovery Channel! Just awesome!    

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