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LIGO and VIRGO Detected Mammoth Collision of ‘Impossible’ Black Holes for 1st time

Mammoth-collision-of-`impossible'-black-holes-detected-for-the-first-timeFor the 1st time, The Collision of ‘Impossible’ Black Holes was detected and directly observed by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Laboratory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration also known as LVC (LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration), which includes scientists from the Australian National University (ANU). They Initially found 2 black holes of 66 and 85 solar masses, which generated a final black hole of 142 solar masses, till now it is the largest black hole ever observed through gravitational-wave observations.

  • 2 scientific papers about the discovery of the black hole and its astrophysical implications have been published in Physical Review Letters and Astrophysical Journal Letters respectively.

Short gravitational wave signal Captured

LIGO and Virgo gravitational wave observatories in the United States and Europe captured the short gravitational wave signal, GW190521, on May 21, 2019, which came from the two highly spinning, mammoth black holes.

‘Impossible’ Black Hole

  • The larger of the two black holes is considered `impossible.` 
  • The `impossible` black hole formed is present in the black hole desert between 100 and 1,000 times the mass of the Sun.

Note–  It is the 1st direct observation of an Intermediate Mass Black Holes(IMBHs) in this mass range.

Key Points

i.As per the prediction of the astronomers, the  stars between 65 and 130 times the mass of the Sun will undergo a process called pair instability, which results in the star exploding and leaving nothing behind.

About 2 black holes

When the universe was about 7 billion years old(roughly half its present age), the two black holes merged.

Intermediate Mass Black Holes

i.Intermediate mass black holes (IMBHs) are the black holes of mass 100 to 100,000 solar masses

ii.They are lighter than supermassive black holes, often located at the centres of galaxies and heavier than stellar mass black holes

iii.For IMBHs there have been  no definite electromagnetic observations.

Additional Info

There are various different environments  in which this system of two black holes  may have formed and the disk of gas surrounding a supermassive black hole is certainly one of them.

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About LIGO Scientific Collaboration :
Headquarters– United States
Spokesperson– Prof. Patrick Brady

About Virgo Collaboration:
Headquarter– Santo Stefano a Macerata, Cascina, Italy
Spokesperson– Giovanni Losurdo