Reasons Not to Fall Into a Black Hole in Outer Space

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"Even though black holes are dark from the outside, they're not dark inside because all of the light from the galaxy can fall in behind us. [Going inside a black hole] would be like a near-death experience where you see the light at the end of the tunnel, but it's a total death experience and there's no way of telling anyone about the light at the end of tunnel." —Janna Levin, a professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard, where she studies the early universe, chaos, and black holes, at the TED 2011 conference today. [HuffPo]