Black Hole Binary Creates Gravity Waves

  • Released Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:54PM
  • ID: 10544

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.


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