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without passing through the event horizon. If you chose to penetrate the event horizon of the black hole nothing would have seemed to change from your perspective. One could still receive radio signals or other signals from outside the black hole, however, since no signals or light from your ship can escape, it would appear to observers that your ship had vanished. From here on, none of your discoveries could ever be made public, because there would be no way to send your findings to the outside world. After this point, no scientist is sure of what would happen to you and your ship. The most likely scenario would be that you are torn apart by the immense gravity. Nevertheless, if one were to survive, what would someone find at the center of the black hole? Better yet, could the

ship ever reach the center of the black hole? Probably not. As you ll recall, a black hole s center is always getting smaller and smaller so you never really could reach the center (Chaisson 195). Even if someone were brave enough to enter the event horizon, it is likely that even he would never reach the singularity. Perhaps black holes are the ultimate mystery of the universe. They are impossible to observe, from within or without. Although black holes have not been conclusively proven to exist, there is strong evidence that they do. Even if they don t, black holes are very important to the worlds of astronomy and physics and even literature. Scientists have vastly increased their knowledge of the universe and the properties of matter through exercises that seek to discover a

black hole s effect on light, time and the very fabric of space. Whether or not we ever really find them, black holes, white holes, and wormholes will give science fiction writers ideas for many years to come. Chaisson, Eric. Relatively Speaking: Relativity, Black Holes, and the Fate of the Universe. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1988 Hawking, Stephen. A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes. New York: Bantam Books, 1988 Online. Internet. Black Holes; Frequently Asked Questions: http://www.csvrgs.k12.va.us/Courses/IntroTech/pages/blackholes.html Interview on IRC (Internet Relay Chat): Hetche, Peter. Junior, University of Georgia