Black Holes

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This essay is all about black holes, andhow they are formed. -

Into the Depths of A Black Hole

Everyday we look out upon the night sky, wondering and dreaming of what lies beyond our planet. The universe that we live in is so diverse and unique, it interests us to learn about all the variance that lies beyond our grasp. Within this marvel of wonders, our universe holds a mystery that is very difficult to understand, because of the complications that arise when trying to examine and explore the principles of space. That mystery happens to be that of black holes. As you will read about black holes, you can finally appreciate the phenomenon, we all know as, black holes.

In order to understand what exactly a black hole is, we must first take a look at the basis for the cause of a black hole. All black holes are formed from the gravitational collapse of a star, usually having a great, massive, core.

A star is created when huge, gigantic, gas clouds bind

together due to attractive forces and form a hot core, combined from all the energy of the two gas clouds. This energy produced is so great when it first collides, that a nuclear reaction occurs, and the gases within the star start to burn continuously. The Hydrogen gas is usually the first type of

gas consumed in a star and then other gas elements such as Carbon, Oxygen, and Helium are consumed.

This chain reaction fuels the star for millions, or billions, of years depending upon the amount of gases there are. The star manages to avoid collapsing at this point because of the equilibrium achieved by itself. The gravitational pull from the core of the star is equal to the gravitational pull of the...