Universe  ID: 10544

Black Hole Binary Creates Gravity Waves

When smaller black holes orbit around a supermassive black hole, Einstein's theory of general relativity predicts that they will emit gravitational radiation. These ripples of space-time cause the orbits to shrink and gradually brings the black holes closer enough together to merge.

Credits

Dana Berry (Skyworks Digital): Lead Animator
Michael McClare (HTSI): Producer
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

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Keywords:
SVS >> HDTV
DLESE >> Space science
SVS >> Black Hole
SVS >> Astrophysics
SVS >> LISA
SVS >> Universe
NASA Science >> Universe