Astronomers are watching two highly eccentric black holes in a “gravitational tango” that might result in them merging—an event that astronomers have predicted but have never witnessed before. The cosmic incident could happen in 100 days or sometime in the next three years. Each of the black holes is estimated to be 70 times the size of our sun, and they are located in a galaxy about 1.2 billion light years from Earth. “If scientists are able to observe the merging event between two black holes, it will resolve a lot of the mysteries surrounding these cosmic giants,” says Passant Rabie at Inverse. Read more there.
Image courtesy of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center