Black Holes Reported Colliding for a Fifth Time


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For the fifth time in recorded history, two black holes are in the midsts of colliding via their gravitational pull. The event occurring was caught by The Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, LIGO; on June 8, 2017, according to Science News.

Lurking at the center of galaxies, super massive black holes collide due to their gravitational pull. These space-time suckers first slowly circle each other spiraling inward acting like water down a drain, and eventually merge together as one. Throughout the spiraling merge, their stunningly huge masses warp gravity in their neighborhood of the Universe, that creating gravitational waves rippling out from the collision site according to Newsweek.

This announcement of the ongoing collision was of a type of low-key announcement, unlike previous gravitational wave detections, which were heralded with news conferences often featuring panels of scientists squinting at journalists under bright-lights discussing the importance of these tiny vibrations that warp the fabric of space time, according to The Daily Sheeple.

With masses seven and 12 times the mass of the Sun, it was the smallest pair of black holes spotted by LIGO so far. LIGO studies these black holes in the hope to analyze the data to see how two black holes come to combine with each other, according to EarthSky.