Magnetic stars could have created LIGO’s massive black holes | Science News

ADVERTISEMENT

MISSION CRITICAL

Support credible science journalism.

Subscribe to Science News today.


News

Magnetic stars could have created LIGO’s massive black holes

Strong magnetic field prevents mass from fleeing, computer simulations show

By
6:00am, December 12, 2016
Magnetic stars

ATTRACTIVE PAIR  Magnetic stars (illustrated) could help create massive black holes. This is a visualization of a pair of such stars discovered in 2015. Yellow lines trace the magnetic field, and color shows north (red) and south (blue) magnetic poles.

To create a heavy black hole, it might help to start with a massive magnetic star.

Strong magnetic fields could help stem the flow of gas from a heavyweight star, leaving behind enough material to form hefty black holes, a new study suggests. A pair of such magnetic stars could be responsible for giving birth to the black hole duo that created recently detected gravitational waves, researchers report online December 1 in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

This article is available only to subscribing members. Join the Society today or Log in.

Get Science News headlines by e-mail.

More from Science News

From the Nature Index Paid Content