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Name: Stein
Status: student
Grade: 9-12
Location: CA
Country: USA
Date: Winter 2012-2013

I frequently hear that black holes simply pull everything in to them. Does this really happen or does everything that is "pulled in" actually orbit the black hole at an infinitely close distance?

You are entering a complicated area of the cosmology. In about 1974 Stephen Hawking predicted that under certain circumstances black holes ?leak?. You can find information about this effect by searching the term ?Hawking radiation?. Cosmologists have been debating the issue since then until now (2012), and the problem remains unresolved. The most a vehicle like ?NEWTON? can do is to acknowledge the problem and guide its audience to sources addressing the topic. The issue is far too complicated to give more than a few guide posts.

Vince Calder

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