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Name: Jacob
Status: other
Grade: 12+
Location: VT
Country: USA
Date: Fall 2012

If a black hole pulls light and electromagnetic radiation towards it, would a magnet work next to a black hole? If the magnet does not work, at what distance from the black hole would the magnet need to be to regain the properties I see on Earth?

Hi Jacob,

It depends upon where "next to" actually is. A magnet will orient to available lines of field. I believe at very close, the magnet will orient and remain. As far as behaving as on Earth, it would have to be several light years away.

Peter E. Hughes, Ph.D. Milford, NH

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