ROYALTY collided with gravity when Prince Andrew asked University of WA radio astronomy students what would happen to Earth if its Sun became a black hole.
“I said ‘nothing’ because even if our Sun suddenly became a black hole, it still has the same mass and therefore the (same) potential gravitational pull, and Earth would continue orbiting it without any differ- ence,” Curtin Universitybased International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research’s (ICRAR) Gemma Anderson said.
Prince Andrew was in Perth on Friday as part of a visit promoting business, science technology and engineering.
At UWA, he was given an overview of ICRAR and the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.
“He is an advocate for us and to make sure we can educate the young so they come and use, build and develop this telescope,” ICRAR executive director Peter Quinn said.
Prince Andrew unveiled a foundation plaque for the university’s $18 million Ezone Student Hub being built in a bespoke building for the west side of the campus from 2020.
Prince Andrew reacted with a laugh when student astronomers Robin Cook and Daniel Ung told him aliens could hear radio signals transmitted from Earth. Picture: Jon Bassett