A new meaning for “Black Friday”

While everyone else is out shopping after sleeping off their turkey high, NASA has something different in mind for Black Friday.

Here’s some fun facts and information about black holes for your Black Friday. And when you’re done with facts and awesome images, go listen to Third Rock Radio…NASA’s ISS radio music feed.

back holeArtwork Credit: NASA, and M. Weiss (Chandra X -ray Center)

In this artist’s illustration, turbulent winds of gas swirl around a black hole. Some of the gas is spiraling inward toward the black hole, but another part is blown away.

A black hole is a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light can not get out. The gravity is so strong because matter has been squeezed into a tiny space. This can happen when a star is dying.

Because no light can get out, people can’t see black holes. They are invisible. Space telescopes with special tools can help find black holes. The special tools can see how stars that are very close to black holes act differently than other stars.

How Big Are Black Holes?

Black holes can be big or small. Scientists think the smallest black holes are as small as just one atom. These black holes are very tiny but have the mass of a large mountain. Mass is the amount of matter, or “stuff,” in an object.

More Information about black holes.

Ask an Astrophysicist about black holes.

Black Hole board game.

Enjoy!

Love, Lola

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