A Fate Worse Than Grading

The economy got you down? Or have a stack of papers to grade? Don’t fret. Life could be worse . . . Far worse. You could be sucked into a black hole.

This very entertaining video of astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson is very much worth watching. With great humor, he describes what would happen to you if you were sucked into a black hole, as well as the asteroid that’s projected to come very close to Earth in 2029, possibly hitting the planet in 2037. Tyson is the author of Death by Black Hole (Norton 2007).

The video is here.

Hat tip: BoingBoing

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2 Responses

  1. Bruce Boyden says:

    Ah yes, spaghettification — a fate slightly worse than grading.

  2. Anon says:

    He tells a gloom-and-doom story about the asteriod Apophis suggesting that the asteroid is certain to hit the Earth in 2036.

    However, Wikipedia says that the probability of impact is 1 in 45,000. It sounds like the risk has been inflated just a tad.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/99942_Apophis