CalTech Simulates Black Hole Collisions

The CalTech and MIT-affiliated Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) have been making these films that simulate what would happen when certain cosmic occurrences take place.The following animations are each available under the general heading, "Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes: A Caltech-Cornell Project's Simulation of Black Holes and Other Extreme Spacetimes:"
  • Demo: Binary Orbit & Collision, Head-on Collision

  • Falling Spacetime

  • Gravitational Waves From a Pair of Black Holes

  • Gravitational Waves From a Pair of Black Holes

  • Precessing Black Hole-Neutron Star Merger

  • Merging Event Horizons

Again, visit this page to view all of the above.Photo Credit: The image accompanying this post -- which is not part of the CalTech project -- was taken by Flickr user NASA Goddard Photo and Video. It was used under Creative Commons license.

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