25 Crazy Facts About Black Holes

Posted by , Updated on November 14, 2018

Much like a black body in thermodynamics, a black hole is a region of space that pulls everything in but prevents anything from escaping, even light. The reason it is called a “black” hole is because it sucks up all the light that hits its border and reflects nothing. Formed when an amply compact mass deforms space and time, a black hole has a defined surface known as the “event horizon” which marks the point of no return. Little is known about black holes, but several scientists in history have developed their own theories about their properties and structures. Here is a list of 25 Crazy Facts About Black Holes.


Black holes affect time


Just as a clock runs a bit slower closer to sea level than up on a space station, clocks run really slow near black holes. It all has to do with gravity.


They can be infinitely big

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There are a few theories that state they can be infinitely big. While not all scientists agree, there are several who believe that they can be infinitely big. 


The nearest black hole to the Earth is 1,600 light years away

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Our galaxy is covered in black holes, but the one most likely to destroy our measly planet is still well beyond our solar system’s borders.


Stay away from the event horizon

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The “Event Horizon” as it is called in physics, is the border of the black of hole. It’s the point of no return. Before that point, you can still escape. After that point…not a chance.


There is a massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

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It’s 30,000 light years away and is over 30 million times as massive as our sun.

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