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What Is It Like to Travel Inside a Black Hole?

by Kenny Hoeschen

Michael Stevens at Vsauce explores what it would be like to travel inside a black hole. And black holes can be created by any object, at least from a purely mathematical view. When a large enough star collapses, it can become an infinitesimally small point of infinite density called a “singularity” and even light can’t escape. That intense gravitational pull will cause light to distort as it travels around the object. As we get closer and closer to the black hole, more of our field of view will be swallowed up in darkness.

The black hole’s intense gravity also warps time. You wouldn’t notice that as you traveled nearer, but external observers would see you move slower and slower until you essentially froze in place.

At some point, the gravitational pull on your body would be so much greater on some parts of you than on others that you’d become Stretch Armstrong. Your molecules themselves would be ripped apart.

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