Could a camera or other observational tool be sent into a black hole?

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belarafon | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Black holes, by definition, have gravity so intense that even light cannot escape their grasp. With that known, it is unlikely that any sort of observation tool could be sent into a black hole with any possibility of getting information back out. Anything could certainly be sent into the hole, but after the gravitational well rips it apart, it will be compressed onto the surface of the hole. Combining that with the knowledge that all current information transmission techniques use some form of radio waves, all of which travel at the speed of light, and it can be seen that nothing can enter the gravity well (event horizon) of a black hole and come back out. A camera would be subject to the same gravitational forces as a tethered ship or human, and be destroyed as it falls faster and faster onto the surface of the hole.


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chancehall | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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No because a black hole is a point of infinite density and the nearest one is in the center of our galaxy.....(really far)

No also because even if we did some how it would take for ever to get the pictures back.

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rupert221 | (Level 1) Honors

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The radio waves prolly couldn't escape. But I just wanted to throw around some ideas.

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astrosonu | Student | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Hello! No ways, the blackhole of our milkyway galaxy is in the centre and I think it will take hundreds of decades to go there. Nothing can go inside the blackhole alive not even light. So, there is nothing that can go inside a black hole alive.


Hello Rupert, It was nice thinking.

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myfavouritehero | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

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    There are two problems in doing that. The first is that the farthest we have sent a camera with a space probe so far is within our own solar system. The nearest black hole is many light-years away! With our current technology, it would take thousands of years to get there.

    The second problem is how to get information back from the camera or probe if we did send one into a black hole. Radio waves are a form of light. Light can't escape from the black hole because of the huge gravity. Nothing can escape the black hole's gravity! Not even time, near a black hole time runs at half the rate of normal speed! So getting any kind of information back would be tough! We could track the probe as it goes into the black hole though, up until the point that light can no longer escape the black hole's gravity.