spaghettification

(redirected from Spagettiffication)

spa·ghet·ti·fi·ca·tion

 (spə-gĕt′ə-fĭ-kā′shən)
n. Physics
The extreme elongation or stretching of an object by tidal forces as it falls toward an extremely massive and compact astronomical body, such as a black hole or neutron star.

spaghettification

(spəˌɡɛtɪfɪˈkeɪʃən)
n
(Astronomy) physics the theoretical process by which an object approaching a black hole is progressively broken down into a long thin string of particles by increasing gravitational forces, esp the vast difference in gravitational strength at either end of the object
Also called: noodle effect
[C20: because the gravitational forces would appear to stretch the object into a long thin string resembling a strand of spaghetti]
spaˈghettiˌfy vb