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Black Holes: The Breathing, Fire-Eating Demons of the Universe

Strap yourself in for a wild ride across the event horizon and into an apocalyptic world of infinite mass and gravity. If you are interested in the astrophysical properties of black holes and terrifying lack of understanding we still must fess up to about the “breathing, fire-eating demons” of the universe, you’ll want to check out a recent public television special about these galactic features. As the host, theoretical cosmologist Janna Levin, says:

“The number of black holes is increasing and they’re getting bigger. Stars collapse, black holes feed and merge, new ones form. Could it be that one day everything will end up inside them and they will rule the universe? Untold trillions upon trillions of years after this happens and the last bits of matter cross their event horizons, black holes themselves will radiate away and vanish from this reality.”

Block off two hours of (what remains of) your life and check it out on Nova.