Black Holes FAQ

by heytherewildflower

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Black Holes FAQ
(answers to frequently asked questions)

WHAT IS A BLACK HOLE?
Loosely speaking, a black hole is a region of space that has so much mass concentrated in it that there is no way for a nearby object to escape its gravitational pull. In consequence, time is bent. Since our best theory of gravity at the moment is Einstein’s general theory of relativity, we have to delve into some results of this theory to understand black holes in detail, but let’s start off slow by thinking about gravity under fairly simple circumstances.

who wants to find these
broken things?going nowhere-
coming from where they’re still
going.

floating pieces of skeleton,
vertebrae, eyelashes, discarded
panties orbiting between mars
and jupiter, an unfastened
belt of smithereen things.

did they ever serve a purpose
in their life time? clavicles,
fossilized tiger fangs,
adam’s missing rib.

pieces of things

that nobody knows anymore.

like the part of me
that loved you more than itself.

astronomers
keep searching for
the broken things

finding only time

twisted by
so much
that not even
light can
escape.

let alone
themselves.