Tens of millions of black holes, birthed from the collapse of dying stars, could be lurking undetected in our own galaxy.
A new ‘cosmic inventory’ has revealed that there may be far more black holes in the Milky Way than previously expected, with as many as 100 million now thought to exist.
The analysis also suggests mergers between black holes each more than 30 times the size of the sun could be more common than once thought, giving rise to more gravitational wave detections in the future.
GRAVITATIONAL WAVES, EXPLAINED
Scientists view the the universe as being made up of a ‘fabric of space-time’.
This corresponds to Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, published in 1916.
Objects in the universe bend this fabric, and more massive objects bend it more.
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