Black Holes Might Cause Spaghettification

Black Holes Might Cause Spaghettification

Theoretically, as an object gets closer to a black hole, tidal forces increase and cause the object to stretch. A human heading feet-first towards a black hole would experience greater gravitational forces on their feet than on their head. As their feet accelerated faster than the top of their body, they would stretch until the forces became too great, at which point they would break in half—only to have the process begin again on each half!



from Scientific American Space Lab

Key Facts In This Video

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    Nothing can escape the pull of a black hole once the event horizon has been crossed. (0:36)

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    If your body was spaghettified by a black hole, it would eventually rip in half. (1:04)

  • 3

    If you were absorbed into a black hole, you would add to its mass. (1:31)

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