What is a black hole? This is something that I’ve been trying to wrap my mind around for the past few months. I recently gained an interest in astrophysics, I can thank my boyfriend for that! At night we will lay in bed and listen to discussions and documentaries on YouTube which sparks great conversation. Though it does make it difficult to get to sleep sometimes because your wheels are just turning trying to fathom our mysterious universe! Oye!
There are so many theories out there, they all have one thing in common…they are theories. Darn! I was really hoping for a legit answer to this puzzle!
Basically, what I’ve learned, is that a black hole is created when a HUGE star goes super nova. What’s super nova? This is also something that I find to be very interesting; it’s when a star with so much density eventually implodes. The star is so dense it would be even more than smashing our wee-little planet into a marble! Imagine that! #mindblown
Stars are constantly battling between gravity and its energy…gravity pushing in and energy pushing out. This is what maintains the star. A super nova happens when a star’s own gravity gets so strong that it pushes in and the star runs out of “fuel”…resulting in implosion. That’s not all, the energy then fights back and pushes all of its matter back out in gamma rays! It’s absolutely crazy to me to imagine! All of this energy and all of the star’s gasses have to go somewhere…right? Indeed! They tend to gather and form a gas cluster where new stars are born. So cool! Or, if the star is large enough, all of that matter gets sucked in! Eeeek!
Okay, back to the black hole thing…I know, I know…that was a total tangent! So, like I said, a black hole is when a very large star goes super nova. The star’s density is so great that the gravity is too much to resist, kind of like an iced drink on a hot day! The star and all of its matter gets pushed in on itself…creating the black hole.
If you haven’t yet, you should definitely check out some pictures of a black hole…they’re so cool! Light gets warped around it, in fact, you can’t even see the black hole. We only know it’s there because we can see the warped light around it. If something were to get too close to a black hole it would get sucked right in and disappear, like magic! #abracadabra Except instead of pulling the rabbit out of the hat it, well, sucks it right in!
What’s even crazier and more mind blowing is that at the center of every single galaxy, resides a large black hole! Are we slowly getting sucked up into the deep pits of…nothing? Yeah, probably! #gulp
What I want to know is…what’s on the other side of a black hole? Some theorize on the other side is a white hole…huh? A black hole is so strong that not even light can escape; therefore, a white hole is said to do the opposite, emit light. Instead of complete darkness, it is complete light. You’d need some seriously polarized sunglasses!
Check out this quick clip to watch it in action: https://youtu.be/8grTbzAo0PA
Let me know what you think!