Black Holes

Mini Black Holes Hit The Earth Every 1,000 Years


Have you ever worried about being swallowed by a black hole, what about a mini blackhole? From the dawn of time, the universe has been teeming with mini black holes. Each of them has been hurtling through the cosmos like bullets. What’s impressive is some weigh closely to the Earth’s moon, while others weigh as much as an asteroid. There are others that are so small they look like the period in a sentence. Many believe these are all tall tales, but the fact of the matter is they hit the earth every 1,000 years.

The Fate of Some Mini Black Holes

Some scientists believe that mini black holes that are smaller than asteroids are destined for evaporation. The main reason for this is because of Hawking radiation, which Stephen Hawking deduced in 1974 as the consequences of the laws of nature. This leads us to wonder about the rest of the mini black holes and what they mean for our planet.

Would We Know It’s Happening?

Because of the small size of mini black holes and the fact that they’re hitting Earth once every millennium, they’re incredibly difficult to detect. That being said, there’s no cause for worry or human destruction. However, if a black hole with an asteroid base size were to hit, then that would cause disturbances with satellites and GPS tracking devices. Both instances, though, wouldn’t cause too much of a problem.

Do We Have Anything to Worry About?

Scientists don’t believe a catastrophic event is going to occur within our lifetime. They’re predicting it will be much longer than the age of the Universe before a black hole will pass between the Earth and the Sun. Those occurrences will cause pandemonium and death, but they’re also absurdly unlikely. The only thing scientists are worried about is what these mini black holes mean scientifically.

Research continues on the mini black holes, as well as how they’re hitting Earth and what kind of impact they’ll have on the planet if any. Scientists are also looking at what black holes with a larger mass, like the size of a golf ball, will do if they hit the earth.

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Jamie is an amateur astronomer and every day space geek.