Black Holes Facts for Kids – 5 Brilliant Facts about Black Hole

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

Have you ever though about travelling to space and see a black hole? Here are five brilliant black holes facts for kids.

Black Holes Facts for Kids Fact Number 1: The Size of Black Hole

The black holes we know about tend to fit into two size categories. Stellar size are around the mass of one star, while supermassive are the mass of several millions of stars. The big ones are located at the centre of large galaxies.

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A black hole with a bright light and a black hole in the middle

Black Holes Facts for Kids Fact Number 2: Are They Immortal?

Black holes don’t live forever. They slowly evaporate over time, returning their energy to the universe.

Black Holes Facts for Kids Fact Number 3: How We Can See Black Holes?

You can’t directly see a black hole. A black hole is called a black hole because of its colour, especially since light can’t escape. What we can see, though, is the effects of a black hole. Analyzing the surrounding area of a black hole we can see its effects upon its environment. For example, a star that’s close enough to a black hole can be seen being ripped apart.

Black Holes Facts for Kids Fact Number 4: Spaghetti Black Hole!

Black holes will spaghetti fire you and everything else. Black holes have this incredible ability to literally stretch you into a long spaghetti like strand. Appropriately, this phenomenon is called spaghettification.

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A photo of a black hole with spaghetti strings around it

Black Holes Facts for Kids Fact Number 5: Black Holes Can Slow Time

Black holes slow down time. To understand why, think of the twin experiment that is often used to explain how time and space work together. In Einstein’s theory of general relativity one twin stays on Earth while the other one zooms out into space at the speed of light, turns around and returns home. The twin that travels through space is significantly younger because the faster you move, the slower time passes for you. As you reach the event horizon you are moving at such high speeds due to the strong gravitational force from the black hole that time will slow down.

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We hope you enjoyed learning more things about black holes as much as we loved teaching you about them. Now that you know how majestic these black holes are, you can move on to learn about our Solar System planets like: Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune.

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