It's never good when dancers collide, but when these two end their "pirouette", I'd get under the table, if I was you!
Black holes may 'warp' space
Collision of huge giants could herald future of our Milky Way galaxy. By Paul Recer / Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- In a looming collision of giants, two supermassive black holes are drifting toward a violent merger and an eruption of energy that will warp the fabric of space. It is all happening in a bright galaxy 400 million light years away.
Images from the Chandra X-ray Observatory have captured for the first time the circling dance of two black holes -- each millions of times the mass of the sun -- as they whirl around each other in a 100-million-year pirouette to merger.
"This is the first time we have ever identified a binary black hole," said Stefanie Komossa, an astronomer at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics and the co-author of a study of the double black hole. "This is the aftermath of two galaxies that collided sometime in the past."
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