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Gravitational waves

Stellar palaeontology

A third gravitational-wave signal has been detected with confidence, produced again by the merger of two black holes. The combined data from these detections help to reveal the histories of the stars that left these black holes behind.

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Figure 1: Three possible mechanisms for the merger of black holes.

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Mandel, I., Farmer, A. Stellar palaeontology. Nature 547, 284–285 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/547284a

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