Science NewsCurated by RSF Research Staff Home > Science News > Latest detection of gravitational waves reveals pattern with indications that black holes may be the source of dark matter In recent weeks there have been a number of converging studies that are changing the standard view of black holes: how they form, how abundant they are in the universe, and their role in influencing the early formation of galaxies and stars. For instance, the observation of a "massive fail" shows that the standard understanding of supernovae and black hole formation may not yet be completely understood. Now, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) of Caltech and MIT has detected a third signal of gravitational waves from a massive black hole merger 3 billion light years away. The latest detection by LIGO is revealing a pattern. It represents the third detection of black holes above the expected mass range of 10 -- 20 solar masses. The detection of these ~30 solar mass black holes by LIGO are changing scientists' ideas about how massive black holes can get and their early formation in the universe. Physicist Nassim Haramein has described that black holes would form abundantly in the early universe, where they would act as 'nucleation centers' for the first formation of massive stars and galaxies. This is normally attributed to dark matter, yet standard cosmology has not identified a compelling candidate source for dark matter. The pattern being detected by LIGO is suggesting that indeed, black holes may be the source of the hitherto unidentified dark matter. An exciting development. "This latest detection of gravitational waves by LIGO indicates that the data is in support of Haramein's model of black holes being integral to early galaxy and star formation" says Resonance Science Foundation astrophysicist Dr. Amira Val Baker. If the pattern persists in the signals of gravitational waves it may be indicating that LIGO is detecting primordial black holes -- black holes that formed shortly after the Big Bang. This would mean that black holes could be a significant source of the dark gravity that is so instrumental in cosmological, galactic, and early stellar formation. Most people assumed that the black holes LIGO saw would come from stars rich in heavy elements, meaning they probably would never exceed 20 times the mass of our Sun. But now that LIGO has detected at least three black holes more massive than that, [Bangalore Sathyaprakash, a physicist at Penn State and Cardiff University,] says it’s possible there are a lot more stars out there made of lighter elements. Perhaps the observatories are spying much older stars that were formed closer to the Big Bang. Either way, people are rethinking their models. “There are some people who did think heavier black holes could form, but they were in a minority,” says Sathyaprakash. “So the past detection of black holes by LIGO was a turning point in astrophysics.” Article: https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/1/15714908/gravitational-waves-black-holes-third-detection-ligo The first interstellar visitor to our solar system, could it be a technosignature of extraterrestrial intelligence?February 15, 2019Nature’s effective way of conducting electronsFebruary 11, 2019Super-Fast 3D printersFebruary 7, 2019Astronomy accessible for people with hearing lossFebruary 7, 2019Panpsychism as an Observational ScienceFebruary 6, 2019 Sharing is caring - please share this with your friends: Facebook Twitter If you like this content, you will love the Resonance Academy.