Thursday, May 18, 2006

did you know...

that black holes are the simplest objects in the universe. you can describe one completely by just its mass, spin rate, and electric charge.

in contrast, to completely describe a dust mote you're have to specify the position and state of all of its atoms, taking at least 10^16 numbers.

that's 10,000,000,000,000,000 numbers.

black holes can do some very strange things. for instance, if you were very close to one, so close that it bent visible light, you would be able to see the back of your own head.

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