Black Hole Facts
Black holes are incredibly massive, but cover only a small region. Because of the relationship between mass and gravity, that means virtually nothing can escape from them. Here are some interesting black hole facts.
You can’t directly see a black hole
Because a black hole is indeed “black body,” no light can escape from it. It’s impossible for us to sense the hole directly through instruments. No matter what kind of electromagnetic radiation you use. The black hole naturally pulls on the star and rips it to shreds. When the matter from the star begins to bleed toward the black hole, it gets faster, gets hotter and glows brightly in X-rays.
Black holes don’t suck
Black holes do not suck. Suction is caused by pulling something into a vacuum, which the massive black hole definitely is not. Instead, objects fall into them.
The nearest black hole is likely not 1,600 light-years away
The nearest black hole to Earth is astoundingly close, just 1,600 light-years away. However, it’s not close enough to be considered dangerous. Further research, however, shows that the black hole is likely further away than that. A supermassive black hole appears to inhabit the center of the Milky Way galaxy, about 27,000 light-years away.
Black holes are only dangerous if you get too close
It’s okay to observe a black hole if you stay away from its event horizon. When you’re too close, there is no chance to return. But you can safely observe the black hole from outside of this arena. By extension, this means it’s likely impossible for a black hole to swallow up everything in the Universe.
Black holes spin
When the core of a star collapses, the star rotates faster and faster and becomes smaller and smaller. When it reaches the point where it does not have enough mass to become a black hole, it gets squeezed together to form a neutron star and continues to spin rapidly. Same applies to black holes.
Things get weird when they get near a black hole
Black holes have the capacity to distort space itself, and as they continue to spin and pull out everything what comes to their way. It’s an infinite regression of distortions.
Black holes are not always black
All black holes are not black because they actually do emit electromagnetic radiation.