Will a black hole hit Earth?

BLACK holes have puzzled scientists for decades with their space and time warping mysteries.

And interest in them has surged again after the discovery of the first black hole outside the Milky Way on July 18, 2022. But will a black hole hit Earth and what would happen if it did?

New photos from the European Southern Observatory show a black hole outside the Milky Way

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New photos from the European Southern Observatory show a black hole outside the Milky WayCredit: PA

Will a black hole hit Earth?

It is incredibly unlikely that a black hole would hit Earth.

This is mainly due to the sheer distance they are from us, as the Milky Way’s black hole is 26,000 light-years away.

To put that in perspective, a spacecraft travels at about five miles per second.

If the speed of light is traveling at 186,282 miles per second, it would take a whopping 37,200 human years to travel just one light year.

That means it would take a spacecraft 967,200,000 human years to reach the Milky Way.

As the universe expands, the likelihood of a black hole colliding with Earth becomes even smaller Independently reports.

What happens when a black hole hits Earth?

No particles or even electromagnetic radiation such as light can escape from a black hole and time stands still at its edge.

And when an object enters a black hole, it is crushed to a microscopic size and never comes back.

All the laws of physics are crushed inside a black hole.

If a human were drawn in, they would likely be stretched like spaghetti before being burned.

But the gravitational pull at the edge of a black hole probably wouldn’t be able to swallow Earth, according to the Journal of Astronomy sky at night.

Can we know if danger is coming?

Black holes are extremely dangerous because they can rip stars apart and stop time.

And to think bigthere are three ways to detect the presence of a black hole in the vicinity.

The first sign is strong gravitational lensing, with light from objects near the black hole being stretched and distorted.

The second is weak gravitational lensing, where objects that are farther away distort their shape.

And the third is microlensing, where the black hole amplifies a star’s light and triggers a massive transient brightening.

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