# Would an object falling into a black hole ever collide with the surface of the black hole? [duplicate]

If an elephant jumped into a black hole would it ever splatter on the surface of the black hole? Or would it continue to fall indefinitely?

I think the elephant would continue to fall away from objects outside the black hole, while never reaching the surface of the black hole. The surface of the black hole, being the matter that originally created it, would be infinitely falling at a rate that would never allow the elephant to collide.

• Hi! What do you think? What do you mean by "surface of the black hole?" Aug 14 '21 at 0:02
• @Daddy Kropotin I think the elephant would continue to fall away from objects outside the black hole while never reaching the surface of the black hole. The surface of the black hold being the matter that originally created it would be infinitely falling at a rate that would never allow the elephant to collide. Aug 14 '21 at 0:25
• A black hole doesn't have a physical surface. It has an event horizon, but that's just a mathematical surface, like the Equator on the Earth is a mathematical curve. Aug 14 '21 at 0:27
• Hi, here's the outcome with a person falling into a black hole - although not an elephant, I think their fates would be similar. According to NASA, "A human falling into a black hole will [also] experience tidal forces. In most cases these will be lethal! The difference in acceleration between the head and feet could be many thousands of Earth Gravities. A person would literally be pulled apart! Some physicists have termed this process spaghettification!" Aug 14 '21 at 0:32
• From the perspective of a distant observer, the elephant would never cross the EH (event horizon). From the perspective of the elephant, it'd cross the EH in finite time, and reach the centre of the black hole shortly thereafter. There are numerous questions about this on the Physics site, eg physics.stackexchange.com/q/21319/123208 physics.stackexchange.com/q/5031/123208 Aug 14 '21 at 0:32