What would happen if our galaxy got sucked into a black hole?

10 June 2007

Question

If the milky way went through a black hole, would it come out of the other side intact? Would we survive?

Answer

Black holes are a lot smaller than the milky way, which actually has what's called a Supermassive black hole in it's centre. Each galaxy seems to have a black hole in the middle of it, around which the stars in the galaxy orbit. As far as we know, there is no 'other side' to a black hole, and if we were to go into one, we would undergo a process known as spaghettification, where the gravity of the black hole pulls matter into long thin shapes, rather like spaghetti.

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