Tagged: Gravitational Waves

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Second Gravitational Wave Detected

A new discovery was announced at an astronomical meeting in San Diego revealing that a second pair of black holes that devoured each other 1.4 billion years ago have been detected. The same group of astronomers that produced the first audio of the gravitational-wave chirps, they gathered that in the new merger, the black holes were roughly 14 and 8 times as massive as the sun, circled and combined into a single spinning black hole 21 times as massive as the sun. The collision spilled an amount of energy equivalent to the entire mass of the sun into space-time. Albert...

An artist's depiction of two supermassive black holes converging. (P. Marenfeld/NOAO/AURA/NSF) 1

Colliding Black Holes Spell Doom for Far-Off Galaxy

Colliding Black Holes Spell Doom for Far-Off Galaxy Here in the Milky Way Galaxy, we spend a great deal of time and energy debating which apocalyptic event will supposedly ‘do us in for good’; however, there are other galaxies with their own doomsday brewing. For example: 3.5 billion light-years away, two supermassive black holes are orbiting so closely to each other it could spell doom for their entire home galaxy, which is located within the Virgo constellation. A Rhythmic Flicker Matthew Graham, a computational astronomer at Caltech, has been tracking “a rhythmic flickering from the galaxy’s nucleus, a quasar known as PG 1302-102,”  The...

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Proof Of Quantum Vibrations

A new experiment successfully observing the effects of quantum motion, or tiny vibrations caused on an atomic level when an object otherwise appears to be stationary, has rocked physicists the world over. Courtesy of NASA Unlike traditional physics that states an object in motion will eventually come to a rest when the forces of gravity and friction act upon it, the study, published in the journal Science, has found that on the quantum level at the scale of atoms, nothing is ever truly at rest.  Through extensive testing researchers were able to observe the effect not just at an atomic level, but at a larger...