We have already seen the image of a black hole, and it has been fascinating. We’ve also seen some black hole mergers, as well as a neutron star merger. What’s next now? Well, thanks to the LIGO-Virgo collab, we might be witnessing the first ever detection of a black hole that is devouring a neutron star through its gravitational wave.
Another Impressive Event
We have just found out about the burst of gravitational waves that were detected by the Virgo and LIGO observatories on the April 26th. They were, in fact, some ripples in the spacetime texture, most likely representing the shockwaves of a huge event.
Astronomers are very intrigued by this event. They are still analyzing it, and with all things considered, it may mean something totally different than what they believe. However, the hopes (and stakes) have been high since they first announced the first gravitational wave detection, back in February 2016. Ever since then, astronomers tried hard to detect some other kinds of mergers.
Black Hole-Neutron Star Merger?
Although this seems a very valid explanation, the initial analysis made by scientists showed that this answer only presents some odds of 13%. Gabriela Gonzalez, who works at the Louisiana State University, declared for the New Scientist that this instance is different from anything else they have observed.
When it comes to the facts, there aren’t many differences between a regular black hole and a neutron star. They both appear after a star dies. After the star burns its hydrogen supply, the outer material is sent out in a series of blasts, and the core collapses under its weight. However, if the core is below three times the mass of the Sun, it turns into a neutron star. If it’s more than 3 x the Solar mass, it becomes a black hole.
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.