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Boffins' gravitational wave detection hat trick blows open astronomy

Chris Miller

Re: Paper is publicly available

Thanks for the link - the Ligo one worked for me. My highlight from a quick scan: peak luminosity (in gravitational energy) of 3.6×10⁴⁹ W (that's 10^49). If this had been in electromagnetic form, it would easily (though briefly) have outshone everything else in the visible universe put together. I wonder what the effect would be on anything reasonably 'close' - say a few light-years?

Edited to say, I guess that means a billion times closer, so a billion billion times stronger, which means a full metre displacement on a Ligo-style detector. It would give any nearby planets a substantial jolt (unless I've misplaced a dp somewhere).

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