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Our universe is a vast abyss always expanding without bound Many objects in space areexciting and intriguing Mysterious surround many findings and cosmologistsastrophysicists and astronomers work to obtain a better understanding of these strangephenomena One great mystery is that of the black hole which since the early 1960s hasbeen the object of many scientists work but has been dated to be the topic of discussionsince 1783 when a astronomer named John Michell first recorded his findings Questionsstill surround these holes such as What are black holes how are they formed and howdo cosmologists find them These answers can be found throughout the paperSince 1960 the universe has taken on a wholly new face It has become moreexciting more mysterious more violent and more extreme as our knowledge concerningit has suddenly expanded And the most exciting most mysterious most violent and mostextreme phenomena of all has the simplest plainest calmest and mildest name - nothingmore than a black hole - Isaac Asimov The Collapsing Universe 1977 Pickover XThe word black hole suggests a bottomless pit so to speak However a blackhole is not known to be bottomless However no one knows what happens if one were tobe thrown into a black hole Two outcomes are likely On one hand you could be throwninto a different galaxy with different planets and find other known life Unfortunately onthe other hand most think you would be turned into matter much like spaghetti by theforce of a black hole Sagan 127 Black holes are defined as stars who collapse uponthemselves creating a mass so dense that light cannot escape it This leads to the termblack hole coined by John Wheeler in 1967 Light the fastest moving thing in our universe cannot overcome the escape velocity needed to escape a black hole The escapevelocity refers to the speed needed to get out of the objects gravity For example theearths escape velocity is about 7 miles per second The escape velocity of
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