Black hole has no effect on anyone, weather: astronomer

By Ma. Cristina Arayata

April 12 2019, 6:21 pm

MANILA -- An astronomer of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Friday the black hole has no effect on human beings and the weather. 

"It is too far from Earth. It does not affect the weather. No effect on human beings," Mario Raymundo told the Philippine News Agency (PNA). 

This week, an apparent image of a black hole surfaced online.  

Wikipedia defines a black hole as "a region of spacetime exhibiting such strong gravitational effects that nothing -- not even particles and electromagnetic radiation such as light -- can escape from inside it. The theory of general relativity predicts that a sufficiently compact mass can deform spacetime to form a black hole." 

Raymundo said a black hole appears based on the "life cycle" of the stars.  

"As the stars age, they become lighter. But when there are massive stars -- those that have a mass greater than 5, a black hole appears," he said. 

The astronomer said we would not be able to see a black hole, as this appears after billions of years. 

"Also, a naked eye would not see it. It requires a special instrument to see a black hole image," he added.  

Raymundo also affirmed that if a person would go inside a black hole, the person would not be able to go back. "It would be like the person would keep on circling inside the black hole," he said. 

He, however, reiterated that it is too far from Earth that it would not affect anyone, not even the weather. 

"If for instance it is near the Earth, the first thing it could absorb is the sun," he said. (PNA)