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Scientists detect first mid-sized black hole via gravitational waves
by Caitlyn Buongiorno

Astronomy    Translate This Article
2 September 2020

On 2 September 2020 Astronomy reported: Within five years of detecting the first gravitational waves, LIGO and Virgo scientists have yet again helped advance our understanding of the cosmos. On May 21, 2019, researchers identified a unique set of gravitational waves, or ripples in the fabric of space-time, that they haven't seen before. For one, the waves came from halfway across the universe, or about 7 billion light-years away, making it the most distant gravitational-wave signal ever detected. But more importantly, the researchers think these gravitational waves point to the merger of two already bizarre black holes that formed a never-before-confirmed mid-sized black hole. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of science, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

The observations and further details of the discovery were published September 2 in Physical Review Letters, while an analysis of the signal and its implications were published the same day in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

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