Journey to a Black Hole
If you could take a trip to a black hole, would you? Before you answer, take a peek at what you'd encounter. The trip certainly would qualify as adventure travel!
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This brief article helps kids understand the properties of black holes by sending them on an imaginary trip to one with a friend.
- The activity begins with an overview of black holes—how they're formed, their extreme gravitational force, and how, even though we can't see them, we know of their existence from Einstein.
- Students then are given a series of "Black Hole Mind Melters," which paint a picture of what they'd see if their friend tripped during the visit and fell into the black hole.
- The article ends with a challenging question (and answer) about why light, which is weightless, can't escape a black hole's gravity.
Less than 1 period
Supplement a study of physics or Einstein with an activity drawn from this OLogy article about black holes.
- Ask students, If you could take a trip to a black hole, would you? Why or why not?
- Send them to this online article, or print copies of it for them to read.
- Then have them further investigate the properties of black holes.
- Ask them to write a brief essay, explaining why they would or wouldn't take that black-hole trip.