The cosmic phenomenons have baffled and thrilled scientists ever since Albert Einstein first predicted their existence more than a century ago. Today, experts know they are bodies of spacetime where nothing, not even light, can escape. They form when massive stars collapse at the end of their life cycles and can continue to grow by absorbing matter around them.

This interaction allows scientists to identify their presence, as electromagnetic radiation is given off as visible light across space. 

But History’s ’10 Ways the World Will End’ revealed how they could one day pose a problem to life on Earth.

American theoretical physicist Michio Kaku explained how scientists discovered “rogue” black holes inhabiting the Milky Way.

He said: “Some people compare a black hole to a celestial zombie, it comes to life when anything comes too close.

“It grabs that object in its clutches and never lets go.

“We used to think that black holes were stationary, but we were shocked to find that there are rogue black holes that wander across the galaxy.

“If you get so close to a back hole that you are in the grip of its gravitational field, then no matter what you do, you are doomed to fall into the black hole.”

University of California astrophysicist Greg Laughlin painted a dim picture for life on Earth should a black hole spring to life in our galaxy.

He said: “Every black hole is capable of reanimating itself when it is in the vicinity of matter, so every black hole has the capability to suddenly spring to life as a truly vicious killer.

“Nobody on Earth is safe or secure once the event horizon of a supermassive black hole has been breached. But for a while, life would go on.

“As the Earth approaches the singularity, the black hole’s gravity is stronger on one side of the Earth than the other.

“Because of that difference, there is a stretching and squeezing effect that gets applied to the Earth.” 

In this hypothetical situation, the series then broke down what could happen to Earth if a black hole came too close. 

The narrator said: “As the Earth finally passes through the event horizon, it’s majestic, instead of a big bang, there is light.

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“This cosmic light show may be amazing, but it’s also confirmation that our planet has entered a black hole and we’re being pulled closer to the doomsday point at its centre, known as the singularity.

“With the Earth close to the singularity, buildings, bridges and the Earth’s surface itself violently buckle.

“The black hole’s gravity is now so strong, that it can bend, twist or tear our planet like a sheet of paper.”

Planetary scientist Ben McGee laid bare the chilling last moments for the Earth.

He said in May: “At this point, the Earth is being stretched to such a degree that it is physically distended.

“It finally just gives way and there’s such an amount of heat buildup that when the crust breaks there would be magma all over the place.

“As the material that had been the Earth is drawn ever closer to the core of the black hole, the strength of gravity goes up so quickly it rips apart not just the planet into rubble, but rubble into dust.

“The dust turns to molecules, then molecules to atoms and it’s possible you even rip them into subnuclear particles.

“After it has passed through the Milky Way, where there was once our Solar System, not even interstellar dust remains.”

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