Black Holes: Gravity's Relentless Pull

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Black Holes
Gravity's Relentless Pull
Image of a blackhole
Black holes are places where ordinary gravity has become so extreme that it overwhelms all other forces in the Universe. Once inside, nothing can escape a black hole's gravity — not even light.

Yet we know that black holes exist. We know how they are born, where they occur, and why they exist in different sizes. We even know what would happen if you fell into one. Our discoveries have revealed one of the strangest objects in the Universe, and there's still much we don't know.

The nearest black hole is many lightyears away, so we don't have to worry about threats to the Earth. This is as close as you'll ever get to one. So come explore!

For a fully interactive multimedia experience, click Journey to a Black Hole (above). This relies of Flash, which is no longer supported by Adobe. However, it can be viewed with other more modern Flash players, such as Ruffle which is easily installed as an Add-On in most browsers.

For an in-depth study of black holes that presents the site's contents in plain html, conveniently sorted by topic, click Black Hole Encyclopedia (above) or Glossary (below).

2005 Pirelli Award
2005 Pirelli Award:
Winner Top Prize & Physics Category