NASA Achieves Breakthrough In Black Hole Simulation

NASA scientists have reached a breakthrough in computer modeling that allows them to simulate what gravitational waves from merging black holes look like. The three-dimensional simulations, the largest astrophysical calculations ever performed on a NASA supercomputer, provide the foundation to explore the universe in an entirely new way. According to Einstein’s math, when two massive black holes merge, all of space jiggles like a bowl of Jell-O as gravitational waves race out from the collision at light speed. Previous simulations had been plagued by computer crashes. The necessary equations, based on Einstein’s theory of general relativity, were far too complex. But scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., have found a method to translate Einstein’s math in a way that computers can understand.

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