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What could be the source of recently detected gravitational waves?

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    Apparently, all that's required are two celestial bodies to orbit each other:

    "Einstein predicted that something special happens when two bodies—such as planets or stars—orbit each other. He believed that this kind of movement could cause ripples in space. These ripples would spread out like the ripples in a pond when a stone is tossed in. Scientists call these ripples of space gravitational waves."

    The most powerful gravitational waves are created when objects move at very high speeds. Some examples of events that could cause a gravitational wave are:

        when a star explodes asymmetrically (called a supernova)

        when two big stars orbit each other

        when two black holes orbit each other and merge

    The ones we can measure are just the most powerful ones.

    sparrow
    Lv 7 1 month ago 0 0
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  • Apparently, all that's required are two celestial bodies to orbit each other:

    "Einstein predicted that something special happens when two bodies—such as planets or stars—orbit each other. He believed that this kind of movement could cause ripples in space. These ripples would spread out like the ripples in a pond when a stone is tossed in. Scientists call these ripples of space gravitational waves."

    The most powerful gravitational waves are created when objects move at very high speeds. Some examples of events that could cause a gravitational wave are:

        when a star explodes asymmetrically (called a supernova)

        when two big stars orbit each other

        when two black holes orbit each other and merge

    The ones we can measure are just the most powerful ones.

    sparrow 1 month ago 0 0
  • Merger of black holes

    Merger of neutron stars

    Retief 1 month ago 1 0
  • Gravity waves are usually caused by huge masses swirling around each other - like colliding black holes or neutron stars... It may just be coincidence that such an event has occurred close to Betelgeuse's direction, and has nothing to do with the star itself. 

    quantumclaustrophobe 1 month ago 0 0
  • The accepted theory is the collision of black holes or other massive objects collidibg

    D g 1 month ago 0 0
  • Instrumental errors.

    ReductioAdAstronomicus 1 month ago 0 2
  • MASS.---Physics 101.

    daniel g 1 month ago 0 3
  • If you're asking about the ones being associated with Betelgeuse, I don't know.  The sources of gravitational waves are identified by matching the signals with previously modelled scenarios.  In this case there are no matches, so it's either something unexpected or (more likely?) it's a glitch.  

    Iridflare 1 month ago 3 0
  • Black Holes are one source.

    Bill-M 1 month ago 1 0
  • Someone fired up the gravitational wave machine- then forgot to turn it off!

    Anonymous 1 month ago 2 0
  • Usually, they are detectable when 2 massive objects, like black holes, orbit each other.

    Jim Moor 1 month ago 4 1