New research suggests “exotic compact objects” could soon disrupt physics

In the depths of the universe, there may be outlandish entities similar to black holes that can redefine physics as we know it. A new study has calculated that in the coming years, gravitational wave observatories on Earth will be able to find these hypothetical eccentrics, known as exotic compact objects.

The US-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) and its European counterpart, Virgo, were created to capture ripples in the fabric of spacetime emanating from massive objects such as black holes as well as neutron stars falling apart together. And yet there is always a chance that scientists may encounter something unexpected.

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