Simulated Light: Merging Black Holes

The merger of black holes proven by LIGO yesterday looks amazing in this simulated view in today’s APOD.  What would normally take a third of a second has been stretched out to show the entanglement.  And remember, these things are far more massive than the Sun, so to be moving this quickly and merging is an extremely high-energy interaction.

And kablammo, matter converted to energy, gravitational waves aplenty, and an even bigger black hole.

 

Happy Long Weekend!

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