Astronautics Vocabulary

The Astronautics Vocabulary is a glossary of terms that pertain to the science and technology of spaceflight. This alphabetical list can be navigated by clicking on the letters A-Z displayed on this page.

Definition of black hole

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The remains of the death and collapse of an extremely massive star. The gravitational pull of a black hole is so strong that light itself cannot escape. An object that has become so dense that, through the effects of general relativity, its contents are no longer accessible to the outside universe. No light from the surface can escape to the outside, hence the term "black."
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