Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation
16 Sep 2020, 13:09 UTC
Mark Myers, ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav).
The most massive gravitational-wave source yet has been detected – a binary black hole merger, which produced a blast equal to the energy of eight Suns, sending shockwaves through the universe.
Gravitational waves are produced when an extreme cosmic event occurs somewhere in the universe and, like dropping a rock in a pond, these events ripple across the cosmos, bending and stretching the fabric of space-time itself.