(Submitted June 18, 1997)
If time comes to a stand still in a black hole, where does time began again
out side the black hole?
It is a bit misleading to say that 'time stands still' inside a black
hole. Actually, if you could survive a trip into a black hole
(which you couldn't) you would not be aware of any slowing down of
any clock you carried as you fell in. However, if you could compare
the speed of your clock with that of a reference clock kept far away, then
then the clock falling into the black hole would appear to slow
down relative to the clock far from the hole. The place where the
falling in clock would appear to 'stop' is the spherical surface called
the event horizon. This is also regarded as the boundary of the black hole, since
nothing crossing this surface can escape. For more information, look at
the entries for event horizon on our web page:
I hope this helps.
for the Ask an Astrophysicist Team