A BILLION-MILE-WIDE SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLE IS 'POISED TO SWALLOW EARTH WHOLE' - Physics-Astronomy.org

A BILLION-MILE-WIDE SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLE IS 'POISED TO SWALLOW EARTH WHOLE'






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Fabio Pacucci detailed how the huge structure is growing in size by swallowing matter and merging with other black holes that it comes in contact with. Currently, Earth is orbiting it at a safe distance, 25,000 light-years away. However, that could change if the Milky Way galaxy collides with another, potentially sending our planet toppling towards a black hole.
“Nothing, not even light, can move fast enough to escape a black hole’s gravitational pull once it passes a certain boundary, known as the event horizon,” Pacucci revealed at a TedTalk event last month.
“The black hole is millions or billions times greater than that of our sun and has an event horizon that could span billions of kilometers.
“Unlike their stellar cousins, supermassive black holes aren’t wandering through space. Instead, they lie at the center of galaxies.
“Our solar system is in a stable orbit around a supermassive black hole that resides at the center of the Milky Way, at a safe distance of 25,000 light-years.

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Fabio Pacucci revealed a huge black hole could swallow Earth (Image: GETTY)

 Fabio Pacucci
Fabio Pacucci gave the warning at a Ted Talks event (Image: GETTY)
"But that could change."
However, Pacucci claims there is no need to worry just yet.
“A collision with the Andromeda Galaxy is predicted to happen 4 billion years from now, which may not be great news for our future planet,” he added.
“Before we judge them too harshly, black holes aren’t simply agents of destruction.
 The Earth is about 25,000 light years away
The Earth is about 25,000 light years away (Image: TED)
“They played a crucial role in the formation of galaxies, the building blocks of our universe.
“Far from being shadowy characters in the cosmic play, black holes have fundamentally contributed in making the universe a bright and astonishing place."


Black holes are formed when a massive star consumes all its nuclear fuel and its core collapses.
In December, scientists rewrote astronomy textbooks after an astonishing black hole discovery
In 2001, astrophysicist Jocelyn Burnell proposed a chilling "spaghettification" theory in the event of Earth being sucked up by a black hole.
She said: "If we fell into a black hole, a star-sized black hole, the first thing that would happen is we would begin to feel our bodies being pulled apart.
“Not only is gravity strong inside a black hole, but the gradient of gravity is low also.
“It would ultimately rip things apart in the most unpleasant manner – spaghettification.
“You would get long and thin – you become stranded.
“It would not be pleasant at all.”

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