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New Study Suggests ‘Pac-Man-like’ Mergers Could Explain Massive, Spinning Black Holes

13 Nov 2019, 10:55 UTC
New Study Suggests ‘Pac-Man-like’ Mergers Could Explain Massive, Spinning Black Holes Scott C. Noble

Scientists have reported detecting gravitational waves from 10 black hole mergers to date, but they are still trying to explain the origins of those mergers. The largest merger detected so far seems to have defied previous models because it has a higher spin and mass than the range thought possible. A group of researchers, including Rochester Institute of Technology Assistant Professor Richard O’Shaughnessy, has created simulations that could explain how the merger happened.

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