The Sound Two Black Holes Merging! ✨ #BOS
- 🎧 (crank it up!)
The two merging black holes are each roughly 30 times the mass of the sun, with one slightly larger than the other. Time has been slowed down by a factor of about 100. The event took place 1.3 billion years ago. The incredibly powerful event, which released 50 times more energy than all the stars in the observable universe, lasted only fractions of a second. 💥 #LikeABOS
This animation by @caltechedu / @mitmedialab shows the collision of two black holes, a tremendously powerful event detected for the first time ever by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO. LIGO detected gravitational waves, or ripples in space and time generated as the black holes spiraled in toward each other, collided, and merged.
Scientists used the SXS (Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes) project to animate the environment around the star.
#Gravity #SpaceTime #Einstein