Colliding black holes generate light signals
Colliding black holes generate light signals

In the center of galaxies there are mysterious supermassive black holes. A new simulation of these monsters uses a realistic scenario to predict the light signals emitted before two masses of black hole collide. Supermassive black holes are fed by gas disks that surround them like doughnuts. The strong gravitational pull of two black holes getting closer to each other heats and disrupts the flow of gas and emits periodic signals in the visible to X-ray portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Knowing how these light signals look like will enable researchers to identify them in the real world, when scanning the space, in order to pinpoint collisions between black holes.

Watch a video of the simulation inside the full story article!

Read the full story:
Scientific publication: Astrophysical Journal Letters

Related Articles