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Nme: Stefan

Status: student
Grade: 9-12
Country: Sweden
Date: Spring 2014


Question:
In a lot of "science programs" on TV, the hosts often like to talk about time travel and wormholes when the subject are black holes. They say that of course, your body gets demolished by the gravity, but in the end the pieces of your body could eventually time travel or go to the other side of the universe through a wormhole. However, since a black hole is a supercompressed star, should it be a lot like a white dwarf that we just cannot see because of the gravitational pull, and that we in the end eventually burn up by the extreme heat if we are pulled into it?

Replies:
Hi Stephan,

TV and movies are entertainment.

Yes, there will be heat, but the intense gravitation will pull most of our molecules apart long before you get totally into it. Perhaps our iron particles may get through, but mostly - we will not care very much about time travel.

A "safe worm hole" would be invited. Thanks, Peter E. Hughes, Ph.D. Milford, NH


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