Imagine what it would be like to visit a black hole, and experience falling into one, in this video from NOVA: Black Hole Apocalypse. Animations illustrate the gravitational effects of a black hole, including the distortion of distant starlight by gravitational lensing and time dilation. Theoretically, if a person were to fall into a black hole of about 10 solar masses, to an outside observer, she would appear to slow down and get stuck without ever actually passing the event horizon. However, to the falling person, time would seem to pass normally as she falls. She would be stretched—“spaghettified”—until she was torn apart and crushed into an infinitely small point. This resource is part of the NOVA: Black Hole Apocalypse Collection.
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