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The Largest Black Hole Merger Of All-Time Is Coming, And Soon

11 Dec 2017, 15:01 UTC
The Largest Black Hole Merger Of All-Time Is Coming, And Soon X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ. of Washington/T.Dorn-Wallenstein et al.; Optical: NASA/ESA/J. Dalcanton, et al. & R. Gendler.
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Einstein’s theory of General Relativity has withstood every test for more than a century. From the bending of starlight to orbital decay, Einstein’s predictions for spacetime’s behavior have never failed. Since 2015, the final stages of black hole and neutron star inspirals and mergers have been observed directly. The holy grail of black hole mergers, however, would be an inspiraling system that we could monitor consistently throughout the decay process, culminating in a merger.

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