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Oh No, I'm Trapped in a Black Hole
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"Loved by science fiction writers for the possibilities they offer in the exploration of space and even time travel, black holes have long captured the interest of mankind. But what exactly are they?"
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On a quest for dirty laundry, I hit the jackpot in my teenager's room. As I gingerly picked my way through the mounds of clothing that were cleverly left to keep intruders from knowing what colour the carpet was, I felt myself being sucked into a black hole that had been hidden by the mess. What exactly is a black hole?
a point in space believed to contain a parallel solar system
an underground cave on the moon
an area of space-time where nothing can escape
the spot in my driveway under the car's oil leak
I don't know what my kid is doing with one of these in his room or where on Earth he might have gotten it from...maybe he made it in that Mad Science class he took. How is a black hole created anyway?
from a nuclear explosion in space
from the explosion of a large star
from a kit that you can buy at your local planetarium
from the collision of two stars
How can the gravitational pull of something be increased enough to create a black hole?
by eating too much at Thanksgiving dinner
by joining with a second, identical object
by having its mass compressed
in reaction to a nuclear explosion
So, if black holes are so powerful, then this one should have sucked in everything in this room, this house and even this neighbourhood. Do we have to worry about black holes sucking up the entire universe, including...gulp...the planet Earth?
If black holes are indeed black holes, how do we see them?
You can only see them when you get close to the horizon.
You have to wear a special pair of 3D glasses.
They emit so much light it's easy to see them.
You don't... you have to study the objects around them.
Well, while I'm in this black hole I might as well take a look around. What do I see?
You would be blinded by all the light.
No one knows for certain.
You would find E.T. calling home.
You wouldn't be able to see anything because it would be so dark.
What is the size of a black hole in space (excluding micro black holes)?
anywhere from three inches to six miles across
about the same size as your local McDonalds
anywhere from the size of a building block, to the size of our sun
anywhere from six miles across, to the size of our solar system
Are all black holes exactly the same?
How many black holes are out there in the universe (according to estimates)?
Will our sun ever become a black hole?
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Compiled May 20 13