So, we didn't actually visit a black hole on our astronomy leg. As you will see in a few moments, that would have been a bit too dangerous, even for a Sassafras.
But we did learn about them and . . . we'll we don't want to spoil the whole story. You'll have to read our astronomy leg to see how it all came about, but for today, we wanted to have one of our local experts, Arty Stone, come by and share a bit about black holes along with a super fun activity!
Let's dig in...
Hi, folks! I'm Arty Stone, tech-gamer and science-lover. Blaine and Tracey asked me to come by and share a bit about black holes along with a STEAM activity I share with kiddos all the time.
Black holes are a bit of a mystery, but we do know that these are regions of space
where the gravity is so strong that it sucks in everything, including light. Think of them as space whirlpools, not space vacuums.
Black holes are invisible, but we can spot them based on what goes on around them. You see everything around them swirls and gets sucked in. This creates a disc of particles that collects around the black hole. Black holes also have a quasar, which is a jet of super-hot gas that shoots out above and below the black hole.
Albert Einstein initially predicted the existence of black holes with his theory of relativity, but it was Stephen Hawking who eventually used math to prove their existence.
So now that we all understand a bit more about black holes, let's make one, or rather let's make an artistic version of one!
You will need:
To make your version of a black hole, here's what you do:
Let the black holes cool before the students touch them.
We have made these you guys and you need to try it out! It's so much fun, you'll want to do this STEAM activity over and over again.
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