Unraveling the mystery of the terrifying black hole: what it is and how many there are in our galaxy

The black hole was created from the “catastrophic death” of stars. It consumes everything in its path, including light.

A black hole is one of the greatest mysteries in our universe that scientists have been investigating for years. And the most dangerous thing about it is that it can swallow anything in its way, including light. So do black holes really deserve their terrifying reputation? Are black holes fact or fiction? What is the truth behind it? What exactly is the black hole? Do they really use everything that comes their way? Read on to find out.

What is a black hole?

Regina Caputo, a research astrophysicist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, defined a black hole as “a region of space where gravity is so strong that not even light can escape.” NASA explained that gravity is so strong because matter is squeezed into a small space when a dying star explodes.

The black holes are invisible because no light can come out of them. Special-tooled space telescopes can help view black holes and how stars near black holes behave differently from other stars.

Caputo, who talked about gravity, shared that it is the result of a huge amount of mass in a small region that swallows everything in its path, from dust and gas to stars and even other black holes. For smaller black holes, the mass is generated as a result of a star’s catastrophic death. The catastrophic death of a star is when a star burns up all its fuel and collapses. However, the situation is different with supermassive black holes. They are equal to the mass of billions of stars, and scientists are still trying to find answers to these questions.

Can a black hole swallow the Earth?

This is one of the biggest questions in the mind of many people. But to our relief, Earth can’t fall into a black hole because none are close enough to our solar system. That said, we are part of the Milky Way galaxy and there are many black holes in it. NASA estimates that there are as many as 100 million black holes roaming among the stars in our Milky Way galaxy. Well, that should keep you up at night!

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