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Images: When black holes collide

NASA creates a 3D simulation of two black holes merging.
By Bill Detwiler, Contributor on
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Two black holes merging

Einstein's vision simulated. Through calculations based on the genius's theory of general relativity, NASA has managed to create a 3D simulation of two black holes merging. The colliding bodies emit gravitational waves that can travel through space for years.

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Gravitational waves from merging black holes

If the gravitational waves from merging black holes can be detected, they provide a new way of exploring the universe, according to NASA. The mapping of the waves is equaled to the discovery of infrared light, radio waves and X-rays.

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Two giant black holes approach each other

Here, two giant black holes approach each other in the galaxy cluster Abell 400. The picture was taken by an X-ray telescope and shows the multimillion degree radio jets stemming from the black holes. The holes look like white spots in the picture.

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