Jump to content
BrainDen.com - Brain Teasers
  • 0
BMAD

Superman vs a black hole

Question

Suppose superman can survive the vacuum of space (the comics are inconsistent with this ability). Let's say he is in the front of a spaceship that just crossed, what I believe in English is called,  the event horizon for a black hole. That point where matter gets sucked into hole. Is it possible for superman to move to the rear of the ship and escape the black hole, assuming that the back of the ship hasn't crossed the event horizon? 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

1 answer to this question

Recommended Posts

  • 0
Spoiler

As I understand these things, he can't escape a black hole that way.

The reason is that as objects enter the vicinity of a black hole (approach it, but before they cross the event horizon) they get spaghettified. They lose their structural integrity. If Superman had crossed the event horizon, the "front" of the spaceship would already have already been ripped from its "back" apart. Sadly, our super hero would also have suffered the same fate. Even if his super powers allow him to stay in one piece, his space ship would offer him no assistance in exiting the event horizon. He would have to do that on his own.

And, the OP asks whether the space ship would help him exit. The answer is, it wouldn't.

As I understand what happens, to ordinary matter, is the difference in gravitational attraction experienced by the near and far portions of objects is so extreme that they are pulled apart, like so much taffy, but worse -- torn apart, almost at the molecular level. That damage would be irreparable. The space ship would disintegrate.

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Answer this question...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...