This is happening just a few blocks away from our cosmic neighbourhood. I was reminded of Carl Sagan’s idea that our entire universe is enclosed in a black hole.
Imagine falling into one. The unfortunate interstellar traveler gets drawn into its event horizon. ( If I understand the physics correctly ) Then the seemingly infinite gravity stretches them & the starship out in a process that one physicist called ” spaghettification ” as their atoms gradually disassociate & fall towards the center of said hole. Maybe a black hole would lead to another point in time & space, but our astronaut friend wouldn’t reach it, at least not with all his atoms. 🙂 Even if he were intact, he would be heaven – knows – where / when. & a tiny scintilla of a chance of returning to Earth / the solar system. For something so invisible to the unaided eye, black holes hold a lot of interest among a lot of people, scientists & non – scientists.
New research pinpoints an immense black hole — 17 billion times the mass of the sun — in an unusually empty patch of the local universe.