Two supermassive black holes will collide, warping space and time

Two supermassive black holes will collide, warping space and time - Photo 1.

Two giant black holes will merge in 10,000 years – Photo: SPUTNIK

According to a Caltech press release, these two massive black holes 9 billion light years out in space and orbit each other every two years. The mass of each black hole is hundreds of millions of times that of the Sun.

They are located relatively close together, with a distance of only 1,950 astronomical units, which is 50 times the distance between the Sun and Pluto (Pluto is 4.437 billion km from the Sun at its closest distance, and 7.376 billion). km when farthest). They will collide in about 10,000 years.

Just a moment in the history of the universe, but the collision was so powerful that it sent gravitational waves through the fabric of space and time.

Published in a scientific journal The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Most galaxies, including our own, have massive black holes at their centers. When galaxies collide, their black holes “sink” into each other and merge to form an even more massive black hole.

As black holes spiral closer together, they disrupt the fabric of space and time, causing gravitational waves, first predicted by theoretical physicist Albert Einstein more than a century ago.

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