A black hole is a region of spacetime exhibiting gravitational acceleration so strong that it has been said nothing can escape, not even light. These cosmic phenomenons are said to form when massive stars collapse at the end of their life cycle. Then, they can continue to grow by absorbing mass from their surroundings, engulfing stars in their path and merging with other black holes.
The Sun is a huge star that sits at the centre of the Solar System, which left scientists from the Paulucci Space Theatre in Hibbing asking: “If the Sun became a black hole, would Earth get pulled inside?”
Well, NASA has answered.
The space agency said: “Some black holes form after a very large star uses up all its fuel and blows off its outer parts in a gigantic explosion (called a supernova).
“Then, what is left collapses under the weight of its own gravity to become a super-dense object called a black hole.
“Our Sun is actually too small to end up as a black hole.
“It simply does not contain enough matter to exert that kind of gravitational force on itself.
“A star has to be more than about 10 times the mass of our Sun to become a black hole.”
Despite the revelation, the space agency went ahead and theorised what would happen in this near-impossible situation.
They added: “If the Sun were somehow compressed enough to become a black hole, it would be less than six kilometres (under four miles) across.
He said in 2008: “The point comes where you snap into two – likely to happen at the base of your spine – now you are two pieces.
“It turns out you will survive that snap because below your waist, while there are important organs, there are no vital organs.
“So your torso will stay alive for a little while, until you bleed to death, but it all happens much faster.
The two pieces then feel tidal forces and they snap into two pieces and they snap again into eight and then 16.
“Eventually it’s your head and multiple other parts.”
Dr Tyson went on to detail how the human body will eventually become one continuous piece of matter.
He added: “So that will continue until you are a stream of atoms descending towards the abyss.”
“That’s not the worst part, because the fabric of space and time funnels down towards a black hole.
“So the space that you occupy up here is larger than the space you occupy down here.
“So, in fact, while you’re getting stretched, you’re getting squeezed, extruded through the fabric of space like toothpaste through a tube.”