Race Around the Black Hole

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In this game, learners cutout a model black hole "cone" and attempt to roll around a marble or other small spherical object without touching the event horizon. Black holes are gravity to the extreme; if an object goes past a black hole's event horizon, it can never get away. Includes the black hole cutout with craft and game instructions, a note about friction in the model compared with real space, and additional information on the first image taken of a black hole.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Game


Materials List (per group of students)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
      • Stars and Galaxies
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • , ʻImiloa Astronomy Center, 2020