This simulation shows the radiation emitted from a binary black hole system. Although we’ve detected many pairs of black holes through gravitational waves, they’re all restricted to black holes of ~200 solar masses or below, and to black holes that formed from matter. The supermassive ones remain out of reach until a longer baseline gravitational wave detector is established, while pulsar timing arrays are capable of picking up even longer-wavelength and more exotic signals. (Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center)

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