Everyone loves black holes. They are strange and mysterious, and we all went crazy when we saw the first image of a black hole in April. NASA's black hole experts took to Reddit on Friday to ask questions about these mysterious objects.
There is a lot of fascinating information in the discussion, but the best news is that a black hole is not likely to breathe our planet.
NASA research astronomer Varujan Gordjian took the lead in answering a question that asked how likely our planet would be absorbed by a black hole. "It's not very likely at all. Space is very large and the probability of a black hole passing near us is extremely unlikely, especially since black holes themselves are rare objects," Gordian wrote.
Wait a minute … passing us by? Yes. Some black holes can move.
"Indeed, the massive black holes in the galaxy centers will remain there unless something catastrophic happens, such as a direct collision between two galaxies," the NASA Chandra website shares in 201
NASA released a funthis week that covers the basics of these astronomical objects. Reddit Q&A delves into more detailed scientific discussions. They both come to the same conclusion:
You "will probably be crushed at an infinitesimal point," McGill University physicist Daryl Haggard writes on Reddit.
It's a good thing we don't expect a black hole to come anywhere near the Earth..