Wednesday, April 13, 2011

WTFWiki 9: Spaghettification

First, I just want to apologize for the gap in updates.  The last couple of days have been very busy for me.

Anyways, fucking black holes, man!  I've always had a fascination with crazy shit from outer space, and I'm pretty sure it literally doesn't get crazier than black holes.  So, what happens if you were to fall into one of these gravitational powerhouses?  You turn into proverbial pasta, of course.


From Wikipedia:
"In astrophysics, spaghettification (sometimes referred to as the noodle effect[1]) is the vertical stretching and horizontal compression of objects into long thin shapes (rather like spaghetti) in a very strong gravitational field, and is caused by extreme tidal forces. In the most extreme cases, near black holes, the stretching is so powerful that no object can withstand it, no matter how strong its components. Within a small region the horizontal compression balances the vertical stretching so that small objects being spaghettified experience no net change in volume."
"Fettucinification" and "The Vermicelli Effect" didn't quite make it.

Imagine having your entire body pulled apart molecule by molecule into a long strand of tasty astronaut coil.  Doesn't sound pleasant, does it?   Just hope that you fall into the black hole head first instead of feet first.  Here, enjoy this informative YouTube video about this terrible phenomenon. (check out the awesome animation at the end)


  1. Black holes fascinate me. Great post though, video was awesome.
    Keep up the awesome blogging!

  2. Space and all is pretty crazy. We are all in our little world and meanwhile there is probably some star wars shit going on in some place 'far far away.'

  3. try this one

  4. The thing that I do not get about black holes is it's effects on time. I just don't see how gravity can change the flow of time.

  5. You are the worst updater ever!