• Question: Is there any black holes out there going to crash into earth?

    Asked by 668mutg29 to Sinead on 17 Nov 2016.
    • Photo: Sinead Loughran

      Sinead Loughran answered on 17 Nov 2016:

      Thankfully not. At least none that we know of.

      You might be interested in the European Space Agency’s website which has a nice explanation of Black holes and other things in the Cosmos.

      Scientists really want to learn more about black holes and other strange and massive objects in the Universe.

      One space mission that is helping them do just that is a space telescope called XMM-Newton. It was launched into Earth orbit in 1999 by NASA and the European Space Agency. It observes the universe in high-energy x-rays, a type of light that we can’t see with our eyes. Matter, such as gas and dust particles, near black holes puts out x-rays as it swirls around at light speed just before the black hole swallows it up. By observing these x-rays, XMM can help scientists understand the black hole.