Virgo and LIGO Observatories Spot Black Hole Collision


Three different detectors, located thousands of miles apart, have collaborated to detect gravitational waves, which is expected to provide greater insights into the extraordinary mysteries of our universe. The discovery was done at 10:30:43 am on August 14, 2017, by Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) that are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and are located at Livingston in Louisiana and Hanford in Washington, in association with the Virgo detector that is located close to Pisa in Italy and is funded by CNRS and INFN.

The Collision Produced Spinning Black Hole 53 times the Sun

According to NSF, less than a couple of years ago, its Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory had detected first-ever gravitational waves, which was a result of collision of two black holes in a galaxy a billion light-years away from Earth. And now, they have successfully collaborated with Virgo gravitational-wave observatory to detect gravitational waves in the form of ripples in time and space that were emitted by the merger of two black holes. While one was 25 times the mass of out sun, the other was 31 times. This collision has caused a spinning black hole that is now 53 times the mass of the sun!

As per David Shoemaker from the MIT, the spokesperson of LSC, these discoveries will pave a way for joint observations by LIGO and Virgo, with the next observational-run schedule for fall 2018. This marks great progress of the new Virgo detector that is best of its kind and has made its first observation within two weeks of official data crunching.

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