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Re: Event Horizon

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Posted by Biggest_Dummy/">Biggest_Dummy on March 24, 1999 19:44:43 UTC

: I am relatively new to the field of astronomy, and : could only be classified as an amatuer astronomer : considering I do not do too much data-collecting, : and usually just use a telescope to observe stars : that I don't know the identities of. One thing I : have not looked over is a glossary of astronomical : terms. Could someone please explain to me the meaning : of 'event horizon'? I'd appreciate a defintition. : Thanks.

-I'm no expert by gosh. Imagine a cone. The cone is in a triangle shape ofcourse, with three dimensions. At the bottom of the cone, the pointy end, is the singularity. At this point everything goes infinite, and quantem mechanics reigns supreme. At the upper portion of the cone is the Event Horizon. Everything above this point experiences space and time as normal as it can be, considering gravity is warping it, but below the event horizon you'd be torn apart.

On another note, as you approach the event horizon you'd be stretched in all directions toward the center of the black hole. On either side of you, you'd be pulled at an angle relevant to the hole. Your feet would be tugged slightly more than your head. The amount of tugging is relevant to the size of the black hole, it's size is measured in solar masses. Black holes with ten solar masses will be barely noticable. In retrospect, a star with 1 solar mass would rip you apart even before you pass the horizon.

-Criticism, is important! Hate me! think I'm a moron! But don't let me stand incorrected.

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