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Colliding Black Holes Twist and Stretch Spacetime

Using a new visualization tool, the extreme nature of spacetime surrounding colliding black holes has been modeled.

April 14, 2011
6:20 PM EDT
These are two spiral-shaped vortexes (yellow) of whirling space sticking out of a black hole, and the vortex lines (red curves) that form the vortexes (The Caltech/Cornell SXS Collaboration)
A graphic demonstrating the gravitational waves predicted to be generated after a black hole collision (W. Benger/Max Planck Inst.)