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Q & A: black holes merging

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Most recent answer: 10/22/2007
Q:
When two massive black holes approach each other, the space between them will be so stretched that it will tear and form a rift into a new dimension. How plausible is this idea?
- Draken Korin
A:
The process of black holes colliding and merging has been studied a good deal, mostly by computer models based on General Relativity. You could say that a black hole is already a sort of tear in the space-time fabric, but if I understand correctly, no really new effects come out of the collision of black holes. However, the resulting gravitational radiation might be measurable, which would be pretty exciting.

Mike W.

(published on 10/22/2007)

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