The renowned theoretical physicist and professor at the City College of New York Michio Kaku believes that although our planet is not so close to the supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way, we can become a victim of any other massive space object that turns out to be nearby and captures the Earth in its gravitational field.
Modern science still cannot say for sure what black holes are. And they are not easy to detect, so astronomers calculate them by changing the behavior of nearby objects.
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Scientists also know that black holes have such a powerful gravity that even light cannot escape from them.
Black holes have different masses and sizes. It is believed that some of them are born at the moment when a massive star dies and collapses.
The closest black hole to Earth is Sagittarius A *. It is located at a distance of 26 thousand light years from us. Despite the fact that there is no other black hole nearby that could threaten us, this situation could change dramatically if one of them approaches our solar system, warns Michio Kaku.
The expert believes that there are a lot of such objects in space, so any of them may sooner or later come close to Earth and “eat us”.