If you've ever
had an interest in astronomy or physics, or more likely
watched a sci-fi film, then you are probably familiar with the idea of
black holes. A black hole is, generally speaking, an
area in space in which a large amount of mass has become so greatly
condensed that it collapses into an infentessimally small point,
called a singularity. This
singularity has an area around it, called the event horizon, that is
characterized by the Schwarzschild radius. Once the mass has become
The space-time deformation of
a black hole represented as a gravity well.
compressed past this point, it forms a black hole.
It is believed that nothing can escape from a black hole, even light is
trapped by its deformation of space. If light is to
pass any closer to a black hole than the event horizon, then it to is
pulled into the singularity.
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