Possible Light Flash from Black Hole Collision Spotted

Possible Light Flash from Black Hole Collision Spotted
April 20 09:36 2016 Print This Article

(SPACE.com) – SALT LAKE CITY — When black holes collide, do they hide in the dark or emit flashes of light?

That question is up the air after an Earth-based detector spotted gravitational waves, or ripples in the fabric of space-time, created by two black holes merging together.

Previous work suggested that for black holes of this size — about 30 times the mass of the sun — there would be no bright flash, no hazy glow, no light to speak of.

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