What Would We Experience If Earth Spontaneously Turned Into A Black Hole?


If a black hole were to appear between the Earth and an observer, the Earth would appear gravitationally lensed in a fashion similar to this, dependent on the Earth’s position relative to the black hole and the observer. If a black hole were to form from the Earth itself, it would create an event horizon just 1.7 centimeters in diameter. (ANDREW HAMILTON / JILA / UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO)

Yes, we’d all die. But for 21 minutes, we’d have the ride of a lifetime.

This illustration of spaghettification shows how a human gets stretched and compressed into a spaghetti-like structure as they approach the event horizon of a black hole. Death by these tidal forces would be painful and traumatic, but at least it would also be quick. (NASA / PUBLIC DOMAIN / COSMOCURIO OF WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)

 

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