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Black Hole Exhibit at Cradle of Aviation

February break workshop to examine one of science's most powerful and puzzling subjects.

Want to bend time and space, get stretched thin like spaghetti and, perhaps, vanish into another universe?

Go climb into a black hole. On second thought, that might be a bad idea.

A much safer trip? Visit the Cradle of Aviation, which next week is offering a daily class dedicated to helping kids grasp one of the great mysteries of the universe.

"There is a fascination about black holes, and I think it revolves around the fact that it's been touched on in movies and other forms of science fiction," said Andy Parton, the executive director of the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. "It's a vast nothingness that nobody truly understands. It's a great mystery."

Classes will start at noon each day, and run about each hour until 4 p.m. The workshop will focus on NASA's NuSTAR project, which launches in March. 

Kids will also participate in spectroscope presentations, discuss a black hole's surface known as the Event Horizon, and put together a spaghettification flip book, which shows the powerful gravitational pull of a black hole and how it can stretch you out as thin as a string. 

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