Neil DeGrasse Tyson Graphically Explains the Horrifying Way You Die Inside a Black Hole

Thursday, 03 September 2015 - 2:26PM
Astrophysics
Black Holes
Thursday, 03 September 2015 - 2:26PM
Neil DeGrasse Tyson Graphically Explains the Horrifying Way You Die Inside a Black Hole
When falling into a black hole, as one does, once you cross into the event horizon, falling into the center of the black hole becomes inevitable. Or, it would be for an indestructible observer, but for the rest of us, our bodies would be destroyed long before we get there. If a human were to fall into an event horizon, astrophysicists predict that he or she would be "spaghettified" (yes, that's actually a word), or essentially filleted by overwhelming tidal forces. Spaghettified is a silly word, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson calls the process "morbidly funny," but it's actually fairly horrifying. While speaking to Huffington Post, Tyson explained in graphic detail exactly what happens to you inside a black hole:



First, you're stretched as far as you can be stretched, until you're literally split in two. This sounds like a quick death, but Tyson is kind enough to inform us that we would survive, as we would be bifurcated right below the spine, and below the waist there are only "important but not vital" organs (insert penis/vagina joke here). 

Eventually, you would be split into four, and then eight, and then sixteen, in which case you'll probably be dead. But your body will still be doing "morbidly funny" things; as a result of the huge gravitational force, "you are stretched head-to-toe and squeezed much the way tooth paste comes out through a tube."

Tyson jokes that "If you knew you had to die, that's the way to die." Personally, this wouldn't be my choice, no matter how funny the word is. Luckily, Stephen Hawking just came up with a way to escape a black hole (at least before you fall into the event horizon), so we should all be fine.
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