Visualization of GW190814

This image is a still from a video visualization of the coalescence of two black holes that inspiral and merge, emitting gravitational waves. One black hole is 9.2x more massive than the other and both objects are non-spinning. The high mass-ratio amplifies gravitational wave overtones in the emitted signal. The gravitational-wave signal produced is consistent with the observation made by the LIGO and Virgo gravitational-wave detectors on August 14th, 2019 (GW190814). Credit: N. Fischer, S. Ossokine, H. Pfeiffer, A. Buonanno (Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics), Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes (SXS) Collaboration.