Last night, CNN's own Don Lemon speculated that the missing Malaysia Airlines flight may have disappeared from the earth because of something "we don't really understand." That thing? Black holes. An Ivy League astronomer The Wire spoke with thinks that's unlikely.
Normally one finds black holes in space. What Lemon presupposes was: maybe also in the Indian Ocean? After raising the idea, he continued: "I know it's preposterous. But is it preposterous?" On air, Lemon's question was quickly shot down by Mary Schiavo, a former U.S. Department of Transportation inspector general, who said that "a small black hole would suck in our entire universe so we know it's not that."
But The Wire wasn't satisfied with that answer. Just how dumb is the black hole theory? Based on answers from two experts, it is an extremely dumb theory.
A somewhat gruff Columbia astronomy professor named David J. Helfand told The Wire by email that, simply put, "black holes comparable to the mass of an airplane or somewhat bigger that could attract and swallow a plane do not exist."
Even if a black hole capable of swallowing a plane out of the sky did exist, Peter Michelson, a professor of physics and Stanford University added, "a lot of other things would be missing as well." when asked for examples of what we'd notice missing, Michelson said, "probably the Earth."