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### Can gravitational waves pass through a black hole?

No, gravitational waves cannot pass through a black hole. A gravitational wave follows a path through spacetime called a null geodesic. This is the same path that would be followed by a light ray ...
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### If light has no mass, why is it affected by gravity?

Another way to answer this question is to apply the Equivalence Principle, which Einstein called his "happiest thought" (so you know it has to be good). The equivalence principle says that if you are ...
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### Can Newton's gravity equation explain why black holes are so strong?

No you can't and the behaviour of bodies with mass and of light is completely different near a compact, massive object if you use Newtonian physics rather than General Relativity. In no particular ...
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### Does General Relativity really predict Black Holes?

Well, yes, but we must be careful with the meaning of "predict". The Schwarzschild solution, developed by Karl Schwarzschild in 1916 , is the first closed-form, explicit solution of ...
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### Maximum spin rate of a black hole?

Since I like math, let's throw some math into this. I'll try to keep it as simple as possible though. Kerr Black Holes A rotating black hole is known as a Kerr Black Hole (named after Roy Kerr who ...

### If light has no mass, why is it affected by gravity?

There are a couple of ways one could approach your question: Black holes are regions of space that have been deformed by a sufficiently concentrated mass. Light waves/particles always travel in a ...
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### Is there a better formula for gravitation, besides Newton's?

Going from Newton's theory to Einstein's theory is not simple. It's not like you can just add a term to Newton's gravity, like $\textbf{F}=-{GmM \over r^3}\textbf{r} + \textbf{f}(\textbf{r})$ and ...
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### Is it possible to detect gravitational lensing of stars behind the Moon?

Measuring the gravitational deflection of light by the Moon is just out of reach of current observational techniques. The angular deflection caused by the lensing of a distant background object by a ...
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### Quantum Mechanics after the detection of Gravitational Waves

No more than the observation of light waves disproves quantum mechanics. Light has properties of both a particle and a wave. At low energies, the particle nature of light is hard to detect: radio ...
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### How would "dark matter", subject only to gravity, behave?

What you describe is the standard paradigm in cosmological physics, so it has been studied extensively. The basic consequence of dark matter not having significant nongravitational interactions is ...
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### Was the Sun's gravitational lensing observed in other solar eclipses than the one in 1919?

Yes, observations of this kind are within the technical scope of amateur astronomers. Several groups succeeded in replicating the experiment during the 2017 eclipse that crossed the USA. For example ...
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### How do two black holes merge?

The "event horizon" is defined as the point (or surface) from within which light rays can never (ever) reach a distant observer. To find the location of the event horizon implies that you ...

### Quantum Mechanics after the detection of Gravitational Waves

The impact of this measurement on the status of quantum gravitation is exactly zero. The proper statement of the incompatibility of general relativity and quantum mechanics is that the quantum field ...

### Is there anything different about the gravitation around a non-spinning black hole and a neutron star of the same mass?

Birkhoff's theorem is very useful: in general relativity, if you are in vacuum and there is a spherically symmetric gravitational field, then it will be the Schwarzschild solution. This solution only ...

### Is there anything different about the gravitation around a non-spinning black hole and a neutron star of the same mass?

If they were spinning they would be distinguishable (in principle), otherwise not. Astrophysical black holes and neutron stars are expected to spin. In the case of a neutron star that automatically ...

### Quantum Mechanics after the detection of Gravitational Waves

Another question, how can we identify the ripple's origin (let's say that if it's the result from the big bang or another big event)? (I'm just answering this part of the question, as James has ...
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### Have I nearly found the event horizon of a black hole?

This is the Newtonian model of gravity. It is a very good model, it is used for accurate calculating the motion of objects in the solar system to a very high degree of accuracy. However, for very ...
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### Doubt regarding size and shape of black hole images published by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT)

The detail you seek is contained in Johansson (2014). The photon ring around a black hole is not the event horizon. It is the projection of unstable photon orbits that are able to loop around the ...
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### How could a neutron star collapse into a black hole?

The scenario you describe may occur. On the other hand it may actually be that neutronisation in a white dwarf is the trigger for a thermonuclear type Ia supernova. You may be misunderstanding the ...
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### Latest cosmological parameters

Cosmological parameters are measured in a variety of ways, and their values will depend on which measurements you trust the most. The paper you link to (Planck Collaboration et al. 2016) with the 2015 ...

### How do we know that objects that appear in duplicate or triplicate, etc. due to strong gravitational lensing aren't actually multiple objects?

Perhaps this isn't the case for every scenario, but I can think of at least two instances where this can be determined: Stars In the case of stars, it's pretty straightforward to get the spectra of ...
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### Is the age of the universe relative to an observer's location in that universe?

You are labouring under the misapprehension that how far we can see directly gives the age of the universe. Whilst it is true that the oldest light we can see was emitted some 13.7 billion years ago, ...
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### Is Webb or any near-future telescopes like ELT capable of observing redshift changes to confirm General Relativity?

The effect whereby, as the universe expands, the redshift of an object changes with time is known as redshift drift. A galaxy at a fixed co-moving distance will have a redshift that changes with time ...

### Can Newton's gravity equation explain why black holes are so strong?

I am not an expert in physics and the explanation of the others is excellent. However, I noticed a flaw in your reasoning which they did not address. You have written: Considering the Newton's Law of ...
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### How far should the source be, for the gravitation waves to be visible on Earth?

The waves pass by at the speed of light. So you you would'nt see ripples, they would pass too fast, and remember the waves would be passing through you too. The wavelength was (relativly) long about ...

### Why doesn't the vertical light beam get out of a black hole?

There is no "up" direction within the event horizon. Most people get fixated on the speed of light, or energy or whatever. They're like, if light was faster, could it escape the black hole? If my ...
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### Is there a closest free-return trajectory to a black hole?

The trajectory of a ballistic body, whether in Newtonian or Relativistic physics depends on the initial energy and angular momentum. The difference is that in Newtonian physics, if the mass is compact ...

### Does a merging massive binary black hole ‘emits’ more than one gravitational wave?

We can currently only detect gravitational radiation when it is extremely intense: in the last fraction of a second. For example the first gravitational wave detection lasted less 0.15 seconds. The ...
Yes, but the effect is tiny Tim Rias (in a comment below) calculates it to be $10^{-18}$ Watts. (see a paper about doing a similar calculation for neutron stars) Bodies that have spherically ...