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The dive
Hey, why hang around in orbit? This time take a free fall radial dive, straight into the black hole (76K GIF movie); or same movie, double-size on screen (same 76K GIF). The image at left is the view as we enter the horizon, at 1 Schwarzschild radius. From here to the singularity takes 0.000197 seconds of proper time (i.e. of our time as we experience it), for this 30 solar mass black hole. The infall time from the horizon is proportional to the mass of the black hole.
As in the first Falling into a Black Hole movie, the timing is wrong:
in reality everything would happen in a terrific rush at the end.
The proper time to fall radially in from radius |

Landing on a plane
Remarkably, as we approach the singularity, the view looks like we are falling not to a point, but rather on to a flat plane.
At left is the dive movie image at
The image at right is that of an infinite flat plane in ordinary flat space,
with no relativistic distortions at all.
It looks distorted only because of the wide field of view
(as with a fish eye lens):
the field of view is 180 Approaching the singularity would not of course feel like landing on a plane. The gravitational tidal forces, and the oscillations therein induced by our presence, grow to infinity. A spot of turbulence, you might say, except there's not much point in fastening your seat belt since that gets yanked to subatomic tilth along with everything else, including you. |

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**Updated** 19 Apr 1998