spaghettification


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Related to spaghettification: black hole, interstellar, wormhole, tidal force

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
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But he's confident it would represent a minor inconvenience compared with Imminent death by spaghettification (SN: 5/31/14, p.
Mark Cedrick De Vera jump-started a discussion about whether spaghettification would be painful, and most readers agreed that the poor spaceman would be dead before his brain knew what was happening.
They'd also be able to answer a crucial question: Would a person falling into a black hole be stretched and flattened like a noodle, dying by spaghettification, or be incinerated?