Black Hole Basics

Question:  I think I know what is in black holes [and] why black holes are black, because they swallow everything, even light? Well my theory is that nothing but what the black hole sucked in is in there and that everything is just compacted together and light particles are some how disrupted by the intense gravity. I just thought it might be thrown out there since people have so many theories. I’m only 14 so some of it might not make sense but I thought it might work. thanks for listening.  — Vinnie

Answer: You are right!  The simple interpretation of a black hole is that it just plain eats everything, even light.  Nothing can escape.  The details of this process and how it affects the properties of a black hole are very complicated, but your basic description is spot-on!

Jeff Mangum


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