Black holes belong to the most massive objects in the Universe, and as such they have an intense gravitational pull. So strong is the gravity of a black hole than not even photons – light particles which are the fastest things in the Universe – cannot even escape their clutches.
As such, falling into a black hole would be deadly.
The power of the gravity of the black hole would be so strong and increasing so much that if you were to fall in to one, you would undergo a process called ‘spaghettification’.
This is where your atoms would be ripped from you, until you are merely a stream of particles falling into the center of a black hole.
For example, if you were travelling feet first into a black hole, the gravity be so strong you would literally be ‘spaghettified’, and you would be stretched out to a point where you would just be a stream of atoms heading towards the center.
Chris Impey, university distinguished professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona, wrote for The Conversation: “Black holes are expected to form when a massive star dies.
“After the star’s nuclear fuel is exhausted, its core collapses to the densest state of matter imaginable, a hundred times denser than an atomic nucleus.
“That’s so dense that protons, neutrons and electrons are no longer discrete particles. Since black holes are dark, they are found when they orbit a normal star.
“The properties of the normal star allow astronomers to infer the properties of its dark companion, a black hole.
“Black holes are tombs of matter; nothing can escape them, not even light.
“The fate of anyone falling into a black hole would be a painful ‘spaghettification,’ an idea popularised by Stephen Hawking in his book ‘A Brief History of Time.’
“In spaghettification, the intense gravity of the black hole would pull you apart, separating your bones, muscles, sinews and even molecules.
“As the poet Dante described the words over the gates of hell in his poem Divine Comedy: Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.”
Black holes are arguably the most mysterious objects in the entire Universe.
They completely break the laws of physics with their singularity at the centre, which is a one-dimensional point where gravity becomes infinite and space and time become curved.
The only other natural singularity is in the Big Bang.