Background space hum may reveal hidden black holes: Study

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By: PTI | Melbourne |
Published: April 16, 2018 8:20:51 pm


Deep space is not as silent as we have been led to believe. (File Photo)

Scientists have developed a new technology that can listen to background humming of deep space and unveil thousands of hidden black hole collisions missed by gravitational-wave detectors. Deep space is not as silent as we have been led to believe. Every few minutes a pair of black holes smash into each other. These cataclysms release ripples in the fabric of spacetime known as gravitational waves.

The gravitational waves from black hole mergers imprint a distinctive whooping sound in the data collected by gravitational-wave detectors. The new technique developed by researchers from Monash University in Australia is expected to reveal the presence of thousands of previously hidden black holes by…

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