Universe  ID: 10140

Merging Black Holes

A black hole is a massive object whose gravitational field is so intense that no light (electromagnetic radiation) can escape it. When two orbiting black holes merge, a massive amount of energy is released in the form of jets. Meanwhile, the movement of these massive bodies disturbs the fabric of space-time around them, sending ripples of gravitational waves radiating outward. These waves are predicted by Einstein's theory of general relativity, but have yet to be directly detected.
 

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Dana Berry (Skyworks Digital): Lead Animator
Michael McClare (HTSI): Writer
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Keywords:
SVS >> Galaxy
SVS >> HDTV
DLESE >> Space science
SVS >> Black Hole
SVS >> Astrophysics
SVS >> Gravitational Waves
SVS >> LISA
SVS >> Universe
NASA Science >> Universe