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How Black Holes Work

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Black holes occur when a star dies. Find out how black holes are made, types of black holes, parts of black holes and how we detect black holes in space.

What if we were next to a black hole?

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Near a black hole, matter is pulled towards the extremely dense core, which is known as the singularity. Find out what happens if you were near a black hole.

What if you fell into a black hole?

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What if you fell into a black hole? Explore the hypothetical and discover what might happen if you fell into a black hole.

Event Horizon Telescope Getting Historic Look at Milky Way's Black Hole

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The Event Horizon Telescope has begun imaging the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. Learn more at HowStuffWorks.

Drop the Doughnut: True Nature of Ravenous Supermassive Black Holes Revealed

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Scientists have just made a new discovery about the throbbing galactic hearts known as 'active galactic nuclei,' or AGN. Learn more at HowStuffWorks.

A Portion of Your Suntan Comes From Distant Galaxies

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Does radiation from beyond our galaxy reach our skin? Learn more in this HowStuffWorks Now article about photons, radiation and sunburns.

What if a black hole formed near our solar system?

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What if a black hole formed near our solar system? What would happen? Read about the possibility of being sucked into a black hole.

Gravitational Waves Detected for a Third Time, Revealing Another Black Hole Collision

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The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) has detected a gargantuan black hole smashup for the third time. Learn more at HowStuffWorks.

Is there a hole in the universe?

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A hole in the universe was recently discovered by scientists at the University of Minnesota in 2007. Read about the discovery of a hole in the universe.

Can we plug the hole in the ozone layer?

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Can we plug the hole in the ozone layer? Learn about ozone, ozone depletion and if it is possible to fix the ozone hole.

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