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Kip Thorne, a LIGO co-founder at Caltech, a leading expert in relativity physics and technical consultant for the movie "Interstellar," said the energy released in the final 20 milliseconds of the black hold merger was 50 times more than the output of all the stars in the universe.
"The colliding black holes that produced these gravitational waves created a violent storm in the fabric of space and time, a storm in which time speeded up and slowed down, speeded up again, a storm in which the shape of space was bent in this way and that way," he said.
"We have been able to deduce the full details of the storm by comparing the gravitational wave forms that LIGO saw with the waveforms predicted by supercomputer simulations."
The gravitational storm was very brief, he said, lasting about 20 milliseconds, "very brief but very powerful.
"The total power output in the gravitational waves during the brief collision was 50 times greater than all of the power put out by all of the stars in the universe put together," he said. "It's unbelievable. Because it was so brief, the total energy was not that big, it was 'only' what you'd get by taking three suns, annihilating them and putting them into gravitational waves." Serious.