Two monster black holes spotted 'merging' in cataclysmic cosmic collision

Two black holes have smashed into each other way out in deep space and merged to form one gigantic galactic monster.

Yesterday, a team from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) announced the detection of a huge pulse of gravitational waves coming from a source 3 billion light years away.

These waves are ripples in the fabric of space-time and are a surefire sign that two black holes are coming together.

It’s believed the waves were produced when two holes which were part of a binary system smashed into each other.

LIGO scientists said the discovery is a ‘very strong candidate for a real gravitational waves event’.

‘Our latest candidate is not quite in our cosmic backyard: its most likely distance is about 1 gigaparsec, or just over 3 billion light-years,’ LIGO added.

You may not know it, but you’ve already been hit by gravity waves.

LIGO has spotted 13 mergers in May and June of this year alone, suggesting that these events are relatively common.

By the time the waves hit Earth, they are extremely weak but still have the power to ever-so-slightly stretch out our bodies to make them a little bit longer.

On Quora, astrophysicist Richard Muller from the University of Berkeley wrote: ‘A gravity wave did hit you last September 14 at a little bit after 9:50 UT. The same one that was detected by LIGO hit the entire Earth (and much more) including you.

‘When it hit you, you stretched slightly in a direction perpendicular to the direction the wave came from, and compressed slightly in the third direction.

‘The total amount of stretching and compression was much less than the size of the nucleus of an atom, so you didn’t notice. In fact, it was so tiny that even if your body were kilometres in size, the stretching and compression would have been much less than that of a nucleus.’

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