Schwarzschild Radius Definition

shwôrtschīld, shvärtsshĭld
The radius of a collapsing celestial object at which gravitational forces require an escape velocity that exceeds the velocity of light, resulting in a black hole.
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Origin of Schwarzschild Radius

  • After Karl Schwarzschild (1873–1916), German astronomer

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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