## Schwarzschild radiusThe critical radius, according to the general theory of relativity, at which a body under the influence of its own gravitation becomes a black hole; alternatively, the radius of the event horizon of a spherical black hole, from within which the strength of gravity is so strong that light cannot escape. Named after Karl Schwarzschild, it is given by R_{s} = 2GM/c^{2}, where
M is the mass of the body, G is the universal constant of
gravitation, and c is the speed of light. For the Sun, R_{s}
= 2.5 km; for Earth R_{s} = 0.9 cm. ## Related categories• BLACK HOLES• SPACE AND TIME • STELLAR ASTROPHYSICS | |||||

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