Could the Earth Be Swallowed By a Black Hole?

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A black hole exists only a couple of thousand light years away from Earth. Should we be scared, or does that mean we are safe? Learn about the perspective of black holes and their relationship with Earth and the larger universe. After enjoying a short video, a few multiple-choice and short-answer questions prepare viewers for in-class discussions.

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  • Requires a free TedEd account
  • Relies on prior knowledge of black holes, the galaxy, and our solar system

  • Works well in traditional or flipped classes
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