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Collision between black hole and 'mysterious object' puzzles astronomers
CNET ^ | June 23, 2020 | Jackson Ryan

Posted on 06/23/2020 7:04:52 PM PDT by BenLurkin

On Aug. 14, 2019, a gravitational wave -- a massive ripple through the fabric of space-time -- washed over the Earth.

The signal was one of the strongest ever seen by the gravitational wave scientists at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory and Italy's Virgo observatory. After an alert was sent out moments after detection, teams of astronomers across the world turned their telescopes to the point in space that the wave emanated from.

But their searches came up empty. No light, no X-rays, no infrared, no gamma rays.

On Tuesday, researchers from the LIGO and Virgo collaborations detail their full analysis of the gravitational wave detection, dubbed GW190814...It's the first detailed study of the epic cosmic collision, and it only deepens the mystery.

The observations show GW190814 pair collided around in a deep corner of space, 800 million light-years away. One half of the pair is definitely a black hole, about 23 times more massive than our sun. But its dancing partner is mysterious -- the other object is only around 2.6 times more massive than our sun, which puts it in a weird position. It could be a neutron star, that possibility is still on the table, but it might also be a black hole.

Scientists have never detected a black hole that's so light. Neutron stars are not expected to be that heavy -- they collapse into black holes when they get too big. So the mysterious object seems to be some sort of Goldilocks star that doesn't fit our current understanding.

Intriguingly, if it is an ultra-heavy neutron star, Smith says "perhaps even new physics would be required to explain it." If it's a light black hole, then our understanding of how and where the light-hungry cosmic beasts form will be rewritten.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnet.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: 201908; 20190814; astronomy; babylon5; black; blackhole; catastrophism; collision; darkenergy; darkforce; darkmatter; fifthelement; goldilocksstar; gravitywaves; gw190814; ligo; mysteriousobject; neutronstar; notmeinfaulten; notmyfault; science; speedofdark; stringtheory; virgo
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1 posted on 06/23/2020 7:04:52 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Not my fault.


2 posted on 06/23/2020 7:07:07 PM PDT by Darksheare (Those who support liberal "Republicans" summarily support every action by same.)
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To: BenLurkin

“You got your peanut butter in my Chocolate!”


3 posted on 06/23/2020 7:07:23 PM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: SunkenCiv

a massive ripple through the fabric of space-time


4 posted on 06/23/2020 7:07:46 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire. Or both.)
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To: Darksheare
a hole and an object colliding is mysterious ?
5 posted on 06/23/2020 7:10:08 PM PDT by knarf
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To: BenLurkin

>>a massive ripple through the fabric of space-time<<

Evil Spock just knocked at my door asking if he could borrow a cup of dilithium crystals.

Sadly I only have Kybher ones.


6 posted on 06/23/2020 7:12:09 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ("Don’t mistake activity for achievement." - John Wooden)
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To: dfwgator

Awesome


7 posted on 06/23/2020 7:12:14 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire. Or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

In other news, Al Sharpton Collides with Michael Moore.


8 posted on 06/23/2020 7:12:46 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (I'd rather have a rude President than a polite tyrant.)
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To: BenLurkin

It’s really hard for a hole to collide with anything, first off. But if possible, I’d like the hole to collide with my golf ball occasionally.


9 posted on 06/23/2020 7:13:57 PM PDT by Migraine
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To: knarf

not really a hole


10 posted on 06/23/2020 7:17:17 PM PDT by TexasGator (Z1z)
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To: BenLurkin

Biden felt it in his basement and is supporting a $2T increase for NASA. Musk says he can do it for $250B, but the government needs to buy a fleet of Tesla trucks.


11 posted on 06/23/2020 7:17:31 PM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.for corruptiion)
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To: knarf
a hole and an object colliding is mysterious ?

It sure was a mystery when I was 18.

12 posted on 06/23/2020 7:18:08 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: BenLurkin

Pavlov’s dog made me read the headline as Collusion.


13 posted on 06/23/2020 7:19:03 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who could have guessed the Communist Revolution would arrive disguised as the common cold?)
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To: BenLurkin

But they are sure about climate change. Hahahahaha, gulp, Hahahaha!!!


14 posted on 06/23/2020 7:19:13 PM PDT by DAC21
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To: knarf

I was bored.
What can I say?
Still, I didn’t do it this time.


15 posted on 06/23/2020 7:24:14 PM PDT by Darksheare (Those who support liberal "Republicans" summarily support every action by same.)
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To: knarf

Knarf, you win “Post of the Day” in my book.


16 posted on 06/23/2020 7:24:52 PM PDT by Woodman
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17 posted on 06/23/2020 7:25:03 PM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: BenLurkin

Interesting. Thanks for posting.


18 posted on 06/23/2020 7:28:53 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: knarf

a hole and an object colliding is mysterious ?


19 posted on 06/23/2020 7:35:42 PM PDT by Bratch (If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Hahaha!!!


20 posted on 06/23/2020 7:35:58 PM PDT by Paco
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