Gravitational Waves from Merging Supermassive Black Holes Will Be Spotted within 10 Years, New Study Predicts

Simons Foundation, November 2017

Astronomers won’t have to wait much longer for their first glimpse of one of the biggest types of unions in the cosmos. New research published November 13 in Nature Astronomy predicts that gravitational waves generated by the merger of two supermassive black holes will be detected within 10 years. The study is the first to use real data, rather than computer simulations, to predict when such an observation will be made.