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“Alien” black hole so massive it shouldn’t exist sends wave through the universe|BCI GREECE


Scientists are still unsure how the black hole could have been created, and how such a powerful blast might have been sent out

Astronomers have detected a gravitational wave from a black hole so massive that existing theories suggest it shouldn’t exist. The black hole that formed from the merger that sent the gravitational wave through space is 142 times the mass of the Sun, making it the most massive ever to be observed with gravitational waves. And the energy that it released through the universe is the equivalent to around eight solar masses, spreading out across the universe. “This doesn’t look much like a chirp, which is what we typically detect,” said Nelson Christensen, a researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research who helped pick up the signal. “This is more like something that goes ‘bang,’ and it’s the most massive signal LIGO and Virgo have seen.” Scientists are still unsure how the black hole could have been created, and how such a powerful blast might have been sent out, despite years of work spent hunting the black holes. en.protothema

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