# What's the difference between a rift to the Astral Plane and a gate to the Astral Plane?

In the description for the Portable Hole both "a rift to the Astral Plane" and "a gate to the Astral Plane" are mentioned. See the exert below (emphasis mine):

If a bag of holding is placed within a portable hole, a rift to the Astral Plane is torn in that place. Both the bag and the cloth are sucked into the void and forever lost. If a portable hole is placed within a bag of holding, it opens a gate to the Astral Plane. The hole, the bag, and any creatures within a 10-foot radius are drawn there, the portable hole and bag of holding being destroyed in the process.

What is the distinction between a rift and a gate to the astral plane?

To clarify, Gate is a 9th-level spell. If those items allowed you to create a permanent gate to another plane, it would drastically increase their price and would certainly mention that in their description. It doesn$$`$$t create permanent gates. It doesn't say it works "as the Gate spell" either, so it just plane-shifts people and disappears.