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Black holes explained: Why they’re some of the strangest objects in space

The phenomenon known as a “black hole” is making news this week, as astronomers have captured the first direct evidence of a black hole spinning — providing groundbreaking insights into the universe’s most enigmatic objects, according to multiple sources.

A black hole is a region in space in which the pulling force of gravity is so strong that light is not able to escape, says NASA. 

“The strong gravity occurs because matter has been pressed into a tiny space. This compression can take place at the end of a star’s life. Some black holes are a result of dying stars,” the same source said.

Finally, the largest black holes are called “supermassive.” 

Although there are folklore theories about black holes, they don’t wander around the universe randomly swallowing worlds, NASA indicated. 

“They follow the laws of gravity just like other objects in space. The orbit of a black hole would have to be very close to the solar system to affect Earth, which is not likely,” the same source cited. 

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Erica Lamberg is a contributing reporter for Fox News Digital.


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