Monstrous Black Hole Merger Proves Einstein Right (Again)

Researchers studying the aftermath of a gigantic black hole collision may have confirmed a gravitational phenomenon predicted by Albert Einstein A century ago.

According to new research published today (October 12) in the journal Nature (opens in a new tab)the phenomenon, which is known as precession and is similar to the wobbling motion sometimes seen in a spinning top, occurred when two ancient black holes they collided and merged into one. As the two massive objects rotated closer together, they released huge ripples through the fabric of space-time known as gravitational waves, which surged through the cosmos, pulling energy and angular momentum away from the merging black holes.

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