Saturday, May 30, 2020
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Black hole may have swallowed a neutron star


Posted on Sunday, 5 May, 2019 | Comment icon 2 comments

What happens when a neutron star collides with a black hole ? Image Credit: NASA / Swift / Dana Berry
Astrophysicists have detected the gravitational waves produced by a black hole colliding with a neutron star.
Originally proposed by Albert Einstein as a consequence of his General Theory of Relativity, gravitational waves are ripples in the fabric of space-time that carry energy across the universe.

By analyzing gravitational waves picked up by the twin Ligo detectors in the US and the Virgo detector in Italy, scientists can learn a great deal about astronomical events occurring far out in the universe.

In this particular instance, the detectors have picked up what is thought to be the gravitational waves produced by the merging of a black hole and a neutron star - a type of tiny, ultra-dense star left behind after a particularly large star explodes as a supernova.
If the discovery can be confirmed, the findings could teach us much about the physics of such dramatic mergers as well as confirm that black holes and neutron stars can co-exist in binary systems.

To this end, astronomers are now scouring a particular region of the sky for the light produced by the merger, however with such a large area to cover it is proving to be no easy task.

"It's like listening to somebody whisper a word in a busy cafe, it can be difficult to make out the word or even to be sure that the person whispered at all," Ligo spokesman Patrick Brady said of the findings.

"It will take some time to reach a conclusion about this candidate."

Source: The Guardian | Comments (2)


Tags: Black Hole, Neutron Star


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Twin on 5 May, 2019, 23:11
... as well as confirm that black holes and neutron stars can co-exist in binary systems. apparently not.
Comment icon #2 Posted by TripGun on 17 May, 2019, 16:37
Good article


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Proxima b is more Earth-like than we thought
5-30-2020
The closest known extrasolar planet may also be one of the most Earth-like worlds ever discovered.
Monkey steals coronavirus blood samples
5-29-2020
Blood samples from three coronavirus patients were stolen by a monkey in the city of Meerut earlier today.
Pakistani 'spy' pigeon is captured by police
5-29-2020
A pigeon carrying a 'coded message' was recently captured by authorities in India on suspicion of spying.
Stunning Roman mosaic floor unearthed in Italy
5-29-2020
Surveyors working on a vineyard in northern Italy have discovered a remarkably well-preserved Roman mosaic.
Stories & Experiences
Orb of light in room
5-9-2020 | USA/Texas/Waco
 
Not sleeping alone
5-9-2020 | Los Angeles
 
Glowing red eyes
5-9-2020 | Fields, Louisiana
 
Two creature sightings
5-1-2020 | Augusta and Louisana
 
 
My haunted home
5-1-2020 | Rainham, Essex, UK
 
In over my head
3-3-2020 | CA
 
Stranger at night
3-3-2020 | Merritt Island, FL, U.S.
 
The babysitter
2-8-2020 | ON
 
Mystery brain surgery and JFK
2-7-2020 | Toronto Ontario Canada
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 Unexplained-Mysteries.com (c) 2001-2020
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ