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How this under 30 Alum and his team used gravitational waves to discover a new class of black hole
by Leah Rosenbaum, Forbes Staff

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2 September 2020

On 2 September 2020 Forbes reported: What does the discovery of a new black hole look like from Earth? According to astrophysicist and Forbes 30 Under 30 alumnus Karan Jani, it looks like a few wiggles that last for about 0.1 seconds. Jani is on a team that published a new paper Wednesday revealing that these unassuming 'wiggles' are gravitational waves caused by an elusive, intermediate-mass type of black hole. It's the first time a new type of black hole of this size has been detected solely using gravitational waves. 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 idea of using gravitational waves to detect black holes is both very young and very old. In 1916, Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves: invisible ripples in space-time that propagate through the universe after an energetic event. But it took almost 100 years for scientists to confirm the existence of these waves, which were found by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) group in 2015 (this discovery won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics). Since then, scientists have been using gravitational waves to investigate black holes across the universe.

Jani, who is 32 years old and the co-author of more than 100 scientific publications, has long believed in the existence of the elusive intermediate-mass black hole.

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