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Schwarzschild radius




The 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 Rs = 2GM/c2, 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, Rs = 2.5 km; for Earth Rs = 0.9 cm.


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