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NASA simulates falling into a black hole

NASA simulates falling into a black hole

The fascination with black holes, which irreversibly attract and devour everything in their surroundings, is enormous. NASA scientists Jeremy Schnittman and Brian Powell also share this interest: they have developed a simulation that visualizes falling into one of these impressive cosmic bodies.

In this simulation, reported among others by the Frankfurter Rundschau, a camera falls into a supermassive black hole. With a mass equal to 4.3 million suns. The diameter of the event horizon, that is, the area where the body's gravitational force is effective, is 25 million kilometers.

As the camera approaches the black hole, it reaches nearly the speed of light. Meanwhile, according to the researchers, the black hole bends space-time and thus causes distortions.

“Once the camera crosses the horizon, its destruction by spaghetti is only 12.8 seconds away,” explains scientist Schnittman. From there, it is only 128,000 kilometers away from the singularity.”

According to the astrophysicist, he often receives questions about what it would be like to fall into a black hole. The simulation helps him “connect the mathematics of the theory of relativity to the actual consequences in the real universe.”

The simulation was created on NASA's Discover computer at the NASA Climate Simulation Center in Maryland, USA. According to the researchers, the computer used 0.3 percent of its performance for five days. According to NASA, the calculation would take more than a decade on a standard laptop.