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Every day we look out upon the night sky wondering and dreaming ofwhat lies beyond our planet The universe that we live in is so diverse and unique and itinterests us to learn about all the variance that lies beyond our grasp Within thismarvel of wonders our universe holds a mystery that is very difficult to understandbecause of the complications that arise when trying to examine and explore the principlesof space That mystery happens to be that of the ever elusive black hole This essay will hopefully give you the knowledge and understanding ofthe concepts properties and processes involved with the space phenomenon of the blackhole It will describe how a black hole is generally formed how it functions and theeffects it has on the universe By definition a black hole is a region where matter collapses toinfinite density and where as a result the curvature of space-time is extremeMoreover the intense gravitational field of the black hole prevents any light or otherelectromagnetic radiation from escaping But where lies the point of no returnat which any matter or energy is doomed to disappear from the visible universe The black holes surface is known as the event horizon Behindthis horizon the inward pull of gravity is overwhelming and no information about theblack holes interior can escape to the outer universe Applying the Einstein FieldEquations to collapsing stars Kurt Schwarzschild discovered the critical radius for agiven mass at which matter would collapse into an infinitely dense state known as asingularity At the center of the black hole lies the singularity where matter iscrushed to infinite density the pull of gravity is infinitely strong and space-time hasinfinite curvature Here it is no longer meaningful to speak of space and time much lessspace-time Jumbled up at the singularity space and time as we know them cease to existAt the singularity the laws of physics break down including Einsteins Theory ofGeneral Relativity This is known as Quantum Gravity In
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