LIGO researchers released a detailed analysis yesterday regarding the event known as GW198814. The epic cosmic collision was believed to be a collision between a black hole and a neutron star. That’s the only way scientists could come close to explaining the massive ripple in the fabric of space-time that washed over the earth on August 14, 2019. Now they admit, they don’t know what the heck happened.
The collision occurred about 800 million light-years from Earth and involved a black hole about 23 times more massive than our sun. The other object was massive but only about 3 times the mass of our sun – far too light to be a black hole but far too heavy to be a Neutron star. So, for now, it’s something that exists outside of the researchers’ known parameters.
Why is it a big deal? If it turns out to be a black hole, what scientists know about black holes will be completely rewritten.
After returning from coronavirus isolation, scientists hope to gather more data from upgraded sensors that will be more sensitive than the current ones.