spaghettification


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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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Sometimes, a passing star is unfortunate enough to get too close to a supermassive black hole, which does to the star the same things as it does to anything else within its event horizon - spaghettification.
The tidal forces become too strong too fast for you to survive to the event horizon, resulting in your spaghettification (yes, that's the technical term).
But he's confident it would represent a minor inconvenience compared with Imminent death by spaghettification (SN: 5/31/14, p.
If that traveler riding the surface of the collapsing star could survive the gravitational forces, could avoid spaghettification and fall freely and undisturbed through the singularity at the black hole's center, where would he end up?
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.