What happens if you fall into a black hole?

(ORDO NEWS) — This question is asked by both scientists and science fiction writers, but not everyone can easily test it in the real world.

In an attempt to answer this question visually, Alessandro Roussel, a French theoretical physicist who studied at the University of Cambridge, released a couple of videos on his ScienceClic science channel.

A number of mathematicians and theoretical physicists have proposed ideas of what might happen if someone or something tries to enter a black hole.

A recent article noted that they may even represent the front door to an interstellar wormhole that can traverse space and time.

Such ideas are popular in science fiction, where the bone-chilling gravity of black holes is often surmountable.

However, most scientists believe that the forces of a real black hole would be too great to survive, and the intense exposure to its insane gravity would likely make death both beautiful and terrifying.

At the beginning of the first video, Roussel draws attention to the massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

Named Sagittarius, this light-sucking space hole sits idly by, waiting for the illustrator’s theoretical spaceship to approach.

Here, Roussel forces his theoretical space traveler to step out of the ship and begin a fall into a black hole, which, as he notes, “will last about an hour” and “will be fatal to us.” After that, the video is divided into two main parts.

The first, titled “PHASE 1: BEFORE THE FALL”, describes the challenges our intrepid space traveler will face even before entering a black hole due to the sheer mass that a black hole contains.

Radiation is also taken into account, which, as Roussel notes, will “blind” our space traveler almost immediately, or even simply burn him alive.

After 57 minutes of a theoretical hour-long journey, with proper protection from heat and radiation, the hypothetical space traveler reached the threshold of the black hole’s rims, or event horizon. This begins the second part of the video, PHASE 2: CROSSING THE HORIZON.

At this point, the video notes, “passengers remaining in the spacecraft see our image dim and gradually slow down until it fades on the horizon.”

The reasons for this are extremely interesting, and the result is that the intrepid traveler crosses the “photon barrier” and finds himself so close to the real event horizon. “After this point, it will be impossible for us to go back,” the video says.

What the astronaut sees and feels at this moment is described in great detail and deserves close attention.

But the most incredible moment is what happens when the traveler finally approaches the center of the black hole itself. No spoilers, but the not-so-scientific term “spaghettification” is used, and not in a good way.

As Rousell notes, what will happen next – no one knows. His video says that “modern physics cannot describe what happens so close to the center of a black hole” before moving on to some theories, but even then it doesn’t give a concrete answer.

However, the visuals are impressive, and the ideas presented give a good, easy-to-understand idea of ​​what most scientists think would happen if someone actually tried to enter a black hole.

Just for fun, the same YouTube channel provided a quick video animation of the whole thing without any narration.

This is a great spectacle in itself and lasts only two minutes. So eat popcorn faster. Or spaghetti (you will understand this joke after watching the video).


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