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Posted in Toddlers on 24th May 2011

Black holes scare me?
After watching a nearby star that exploded into a supernova in 1979, astronomers now believe the star’s death wasn’t an ordinary one. The star’s explosion was big enough to cause a black hole to develop in its wake. They think it’s a black hole because they see something steadily consuming the gassy remnants of the exploded star, which is a telltale sign of a black hole. It sucks up everything in sight.

And in this case it’s a lot. In the past 30 years since this star exploded, this baby black hole has eaten about the equivalent of the Earth in mass, which is about as big as black hole appetites can get, said Harvard astrophysicist Avi Loeb. He’s co-author of a new paper in the journal New Astronomy and he discussed the findings at a NASA news conference Monday.

By continuing to follow the black hole — which is about 50 million light years away — future astronomers will learn just how much material is left over from the star’s explosion, said Dan Patnaude of Harvard, a study co-author. This black hole is about five times more massive than our sun and the star that exploded to give it birth was maybe 20 times bigger than our sun.
“This is certainly eating as much as it can,” Patnaude said. “This is working as hard as it can to gobble up that material, exactly like a teenager or a toddler.”

Ummmm does this mean it is going to reach earth?
“This is certainly eating as much as it can,” Patnaude said. “This is working as hard as it can to gobble up that material, exactly like a teenager or a toddler.”

Best answer(s):

Answer by Mr. Funkymunk
Our economy is failing. Terrorists are threating us, and the world is going to hell. And your worried about something thousands of miles away.

Answer by zkzkzk
yes because we have a nearby star which is the sun
but dont worry about it. there’s more to love in this life and worrying about that blackhole will just waste your time lol!
honestly i’m scared of that too, but what else can we do? LIVE.

Answer by **** all.
NO! its 50 million light years away. even if it was travelling at the speed of light directly at us (it certainly isnt) it would take 50 million years for it to reach us. thats 50,000,000 years. we’ll have blown ourselves up long before that.

Answer by Chris
It sounds like you wrote this piece yourself. Astrophysicists wouldn’t make comments like that.

Answer by eri
Black holes don’t wander around at random, sucking stuff in. They remain in the original orbit of the star they formed from. That means the chances of a black hole sucking in the Earth are smaller than the chances of a star colliding with the Earth, and there’s no way for that to happen.

Answer by Jeffrey K
A star’s gravity does not increase when it becomes a black hole unless you are closer to it than the original star’s radius.
From a distance, its gravitational pull stays the same as it always was.
Nothing to worry about!

Answer by Dude
That’s like being afraid of tigers while living in Chicago. Actually it’s about 12 billion times sillier than my example.

Answer by SpartanCanuck
> Ummmm does this mean it is going to reach earth?

See the part where the article you quoted says it’s 50 million light years away.

Answer by that guy
nice one dickie

Answer by wilde_space
In Soviet Russia, you scare black holes.

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