Ep. 133: Black holes & why they’re so darn important
13/05/2019 by IVM Podcasts
You’ve probably seen THAT photograph. So, why are black holes so important? Why’s this fuzzy little picture of some distant faraway thingummy sending scientists and all those smart people into a frenzy? Well, it’s complicated, but thankfully the Simblified gang have watched several Youtube videos and attempt to explain it to you with some signature “humour”. We look at how some Hydrogen atoms in outer space get really horny, get it on, form stars, which eventually implode and form black holes. These utterly fascinating things – which confounded even Einstein & Hawking – hold a lot of secrets to our universe. Join us and get enough fodder to make your next water cooler conversations awesome – you’ll be saying things like “Heh, my appraisal was like an Event Horizon!” in no time. (Ok, maybe don’t say that – we don’t want your social life to be like what this episode is about). Some awesome videos on black holes you should check out:
Listen Date: 2019-05-28
Seriously disappointed with this episode – look, I am not a scientist myself, and maybe theories of star evolution have been updated since I read about them in 1996; but these guys made it sound as though it’s hydrogen, helium, and then supernova and black hole. I distinctly remember that the core continues all the way through the lighter elements to Iron, before the final collapse happens; and creates all heavier elements in trace quantities along the way.