In 2016, a group of LIGO scientists shocked the globe by reporting the world’s first-ever gravitational wave finding. These waves appeared to be the result of two black holes colliding.
This all happened billions of years ago, yet the reaction that the two occurrences triggered may still be seen today. While every man of science at the fair was said to be ecstatic about the finding, what the LIGO committee didn’t realize at the time was that it may have demonstrated that the world as we know it could have been built in less than a second.
As far as we know, when a star becomes too enormous for its own good, roughly eight times the size and mass of the sun, it implodes on its own, briefly transforming into a supernova before collapsing completely, engulfing everything in its path and perhaps lasting an eternity.
As we all know, the larger the explosion, the larger the black hole. But what happens when you have black holes 35 times the mass of the Sun? That’s right, you’ll get the Big Bang’s official ringtone.
Although this is all just scientists speculating, it all builds up to the point where another notion has emerged among the public, with experts now believing that these black holes may have come from a different source entirely. At the time, these primordial black holes were everywhere, and as they continued to tug towards one other, the aforementioned Big Bang occurred.
If you had a tennis ball-sized black hole in your palm, you could practically change the physiognomy of a complete galaxy right there, so a star-sized black hole would essentially affect everything at once by simply existing.
This is why it’s so difficult to verify or reject this hypothesis. Something that large would last forever, and if the potential of two massive black holes exists, why hasn’t it happened before in the history of the Earth?
But, most crucially, if there are any black holes left over from the Big Bang, why aren’t they tearing our solar system apart?