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Black Holes Crash, Merge in New Simulations

October 1, 2012

Supercomputer models of merging black holes reveal properties that are crucial to understanding future detections of gravitational waves. This movie follows two orbiting black holes and their accretion disk during their final three orbits and ultimate merger. Redder colors correspond to higher gas densities.

Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/P. Cowperthwaite, Univ. of Maryland