Black Hole Collision Simulation

It’s two years since Einstein was once again proven to earn the moniker of ‘genius’. Consider his theorems are now over a century old and they are still being tested and confirmed to remarkable precision.

At 5:51am [EST ] on the 14th of September 2015, the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors , located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, USA.

The LIGO Observatories are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and were conceived, built, and are operated by Caltech and MIT. The discovery, accepted for publication in the journal Physical Review Letters, was made by the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (which includes the GEO Collaboration and the Australian Consortium for Interferometric Gravitational Astronomy) and the Virgo Collaboration using data from the two LIGO detectors.

These waves were caused by the collision of two black holes, some twenty-nine [29] and thirty-six [36] times the mass of our sun. According to Prof. Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw, this collision resulted in a peak-power output fifty [50] times that of the entire observable universe.

Black Holes

LIGO Black Holes
[Source: LIGO – CalTech 2016 ]

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