They’re the boogeyman of pop astronomy: the ravenous, all consuming black hole, with gravity so intense that you can’t escape it, and lurking in the center of the Milky Way, working to devour the entire galaxy.
Except they’re not that bad.
Read the whole story. Worrying about getting sucked into a black hole is like worrying about getting sucked into the sun — things tend to orbit them, crashing in only occasionally, and once they’ve drawn in all the matter that’s in close proximity, they’re terribly inefficient at gathering more.
Well, gosh. I’m going to scratch that one off my list of nightmare inducers. I’m going to go back to dreaming about parasites and viruses…much scarier stuff.