Black Holes: Animation of warped spacetime consistent with GW170104 detection of 2 black holes merging

Black Holes: Animation of warped spacetime consistent with GW170104 detection of 2 black holes merging

Simulation of warped spacetime consistent with GW170104. A mathematical calculation of the warped spacetime near two merging black holes. The simulation is consistent with LIGO's observation of the binary black hole coalesence event GW170104. The colored bands are gravitational-wave peaks and troughs, with the colors getting brighter as the wave amplitude increases. The throats near the center of the movie indicate the strong spacetime warping near the black holes' event horizons. See this link for a zoomed-out version of this animation.

Credit: N. Demos, A. Garcia, G. Lovelace (Cal State Fullerton); SXS Collaboration.