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The Significance or Insignificance of Black Holes

Is it really important to study Black Holes ?  Isn’t a Black Hole considered a sign of ‘death’ in the Universe ?

For many, Black Holes are no more important to study than all other topics in the field of Astronomy.  A Black Hole may pose a “bug” to a certain scientist, however, and perhaps a lead-in causing him lycausing ccausingto study everything else in the Universe.  No sooner does one undertake the study of Black Holes then will they find theirselves traversing the topics of galaxies and stars, quasars, supernovae, and pulsars and neutron stars.  Along the way, a certain amount of learning-depth is required to understand astronomy practices needed to make observations and measurements involving all the various types of telescopes, and other related equipment.



All because of a “bug” presented by something called a Black Hole.  Of course, some do not need this type of coaxing in order to thoroughly understand their field.   Maybe a Black Hole is meant for a “slow” scientist.

Since a Black Hole represents a type of apocalyptic event in the universe – all kinds of matter literally destroyed forever – it is perhaps not the best topic to assign a new astronomer.  Due to its apocalyptic overtones, some think a concentration on the topic of Black Holes is best suited for a more experienced scientist.   However, the topic of Black Holes can easily be included in a standard treatise of Astronomy taught on the college level, for instance.  This ensures a normal perspective.  Since we are quite aware of other natural phenomena – or anomalies - on our planet that behave similar to Black Holes, such as the vortex of a tornado sucking up anything from a farm animal to a pickup truck, or a deadly whirlpool generated by a hurricane, the understanding of Black Holes in Space should not be considered all that difficult to accept.