According to a new Business Insider report, scientists have always been a little fuzzy on the concept of black holes. Largely, it was thought that black holes, given their incredible mass, would kill you upon entry. But through simulations, physicists have come up with different possible outcomes for entering a black hole. The reason is simple.
The event horizon is on the edge of a black hole. It’s the point beyond which matter or energy entering cannot reach the escape velocity necessary to leave. So naturally, scientists initially posited that crossing it would be instant death. Now, they’re not so sure.
A team of scientists at UMass Dartmouth and Georgia Gwinnett College have run simulations on this theory and what they found was surprising, to say the least.
“He [Lior Burko, a scientist on the study] added that passing through a weak singularity is like quickly running your finger through a candle flame that’s 1,000 degrees Celsius. If you hold your finger in the flame long enough, you’ll get burned, but pass your finger through quickly, and you’ll barely feel a thing.”
Through these simulations, researchers have discovered that it technically might be possible to enter a black hole and live. And that begs the question of what’s inside of them.
Burko suggests that the black holes might plop you out on another side of the galaxy, or even scarier, a different galaxy altogether.
However, this discovery is limited to a specific type of black hole — rotating.
According to the BI report, one of the safest paths to a black hole trial might be Sagittarius A, a black hole at the center of the Milky Way.
It’s important to note that Burko and his colleagues have only discovered that technically, if you enter a black hole, you may not die and may be transported to a different galaxy.
That still leaves quite a few kinks to work out on the road to hyperspace travel.
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