Two Black Holes Merging (view from above)
This is a physically accurate gravitational lensing visualization of the last few orbits of a binary black hole merger. The camera is above the orbital plane of the merger, looking down. The mass ratio is 3 to 1. The large black hole has a dimensionless spin of 0.7, whereas the small hole's dimensionless spin is 0.3, with both spins in arbitrary directions. See also the same merger as viewed from the side.
- November 4, 2014
- (Produced by the SXSCollaboration)