Monday, March 21, 2005

You Don't Want A Black Hole To Move Into The Neighborhood

A black hole is usually to be avoided. But if it's small enough, and evanescent enough, it won't be sucking the earth into its insatiable maw, according to Horatiu Nastase of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. To quote the news article:

However, even if the ball of plasma is a black hole, it is not thought to pose a threat. At these energies and distances, gravity is not the dominant force in a black hole.

For further proof that a black hole can be a third wheel, check out Jonathan Lethem's As She Climbed Across The Table.