Ask an Astronomer

Here I have posted some of the best questions we have had so far complete with answers from #ourGreatestTeam.

Please encourage your students to write us letters or email us questions to sadie.jones(at)

We often get asked about Black Holes. Our most popular question about black holes is...

What happens if I fall into a black hole?"

There is a blog answering this question which also talks about'quantum entanglement' here

To summarise, cientists think that your body would go through a process called Spaghettification. You can read more about this process and the different types of black holes in this leafletfrom the Institue of Physics (IOP).

One of our most popular questions from pre-2012 is ...

Is the world going to end in 2012 ?
It didn't end !!! :) so No.

..This idea that the world would end became 'popular' because of the film '2012' is based on the misinterpretation of the Mayan Calendar which unlike our calender lasts for many years as opposed to one year at a just happens to end in December 2012, after which a new calendar will no need to be alarmed !'...for the long, more detailed answer see the blogs/articles below:

Bad Astronomy Blog

Before it's news Blog

New Scientist Article - How might the world end ?

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