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Scientists detect tones in the ringing of a newborn black hole for the first time

12 Sep 2019, 13:29 UTC
Scientists detect tones in the ringing of a newborn black hole for the first time MIT

If Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity holds true, then a black hole, born from the cosmically quaking collisions of two massive black holes, should itself “ring” in the aftermath, producing gravitational waves much like a struck bell reverbates sound waves. Einstein predicted that the particular pitch and decay of these gravitational waves should be a direct signature of the newly formed black hole’s mass and spin.

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