Alright this will be my final post on black holes, I promise. Unless you want more, that is? Actually that’s a silly question, of course you’d like more. But unfortunately you’re not getting any, so make sure you savour this one. It’s going to be… astronomical… (I’ll see myself out).
Two weeks ago today, we explored the beautiful enigmas that are the black holes. We now have a basic understanding of what exactly they are, and have learnt of the scientific community’s recent efforts towards imaging the area around a black hole for the first time in history. Let’s now take a look at how the black hole came to be there and what it likes to do in its spare time, shall we?
A couple of years ago a panic arose from the public about the experiments taking place at CERN, due to the amount of energy involved with the collisions. Lots of people thought that the LHC would generate a miniature black hole, consuming the Earth and all of us with it. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any black holes out of the collider, but we did find a nifty little particle.
I remember that time in 2012 when it had gotten into everyone’s minds that somehow the world was going to suddenly come to an end. The Mayan calendar would terminate in December, and it was obviously a clear indication they had predicted that an apocalyptic disaster would befall the planet. Maybe they just ran out of ink… Not to alarm anyone, but this time the world really is coming to an end, and the science’s there to prove it. Please, don’t panic.
All of the forces and interactions in our universe (based on our current understanding) can be broken down into only four fundamental forces. Even though you may not be aware of them, they are acting on all of us all the time. These forces are responsible for everything, from keeping atoms together to keeping our feet on the ground. A weird concept to grasp, perhaps, is that these forces are actually due to the transferring of certain fundamental particles.