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Vendetta's Avatar Jump to comment 57 by Vendetta

I've always been puzzled by black holes and what people imagine happens at the event horizon. The explanation I've seen most often is that time slows down as you approach the event horizon, and seems to stop at the actual threshold. So as something drifts towards the border and crosses it, would there be a freeze frame image of the object forever frozen there, or would it disappear suddenly? I thought Hawking and some textbook explanations said if we watched an astronaut cross the event horizon he would unknowingly leave a final frozen image of himself at the border even while he kept drifting towards the center. Anything that happens after crossing would be invisible to us on the outside because the information would be trapped on the other side of the horizon by gravity. Then he would be 'spaghettified' lol.

I don't see how that explanation is possible since black holes wouldn't be black at all, but would instead have impossibly bright event horizons, final frozen images of all the stars and energy that it's consumed as they passed the event horizon. Am I misunderstanding all of this?

Fri, 11 Jul 2008 08:32:00 UTC | #198147