• Question: did we really get sucked into a black hole and now we are in an alternate universe

    Asked by madi050419 on 16 Mar 2020.
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      Ioana Grigoras answered on 16 Mar 2020:


      I don’t know much about astronomy, so I barely know anything about black holes. I looked up “what happens if someone got sucked up in a black hole’ and I found out that it’s still one of the big mysteries in the universe. No one really knows where does mass go when it gets sucked into a black hole. Since no one knows the answer to this question, I guess an alternate universe is just as good of an idea as any?

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      Nathan James answered on 16 Mar 2020:


      I’m not a physicist, but I’m fairly sure that we haven’t been sucked into a black hole! Also, black holes are not really holes – they’re formed from supermassive stars which have such a strong gravitational pull that they collapse in on themselves, crushing all their mass into an infinitesimally small point, or singularity, where the volume is zero and the density is infinite. Sounds like it breaks science, right? If you were sucked into a black hole, you probably wouldn’t be transported anywhere… You would just be crushed into nothingness!

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      Paige Chandler answered on 17 Mar 2020: last edited 17 Mar 2020 10:43 am


      No, although that would be cool! If you’re sucked into a black hole, the enormous force of gravity causes solid objects to become ‘spaghettified’ (actual scientific term!) – which means the gravity would pull so hard and fast you’d be unravelled into a string.

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      Kate Mitchell answered on 17 Mar 2020:


      I don’t think so – but it sounds like a great premise for a sci-fi series!

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      Mahrukh Shameem answered on 17 Mar 2020:


      How do we know if we’re in the alternate universe?

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      Andrea Kusec answered on 19 Mar 2020:


      I’m not a physicist, but I think it would be fun to live in an alternative universe sometimes! I’ve always been interested in how small decisions could lead into vastly different outcomes.

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      Sophie Arthur answered on 20 Mar 2020:


      I don’t think we have been sucked into a black hole. I think anything that gets sucked into a black hole gets completely crushed by gravity – that’s where the spaghettification things come from.

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