Physicists at Princeton University and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario reached a conclusion that would have been alarming…if we didn’t live in this decade.
The physicists were examining gravitational waves, which exist in space and move at the speed of light. The study mainly focused on the most powerful of these: circular waves, which occur when large objects in space begin to orbit each other.
Physicists found that, should these waves collide, the result would be a massive black hole that would swallow Earth and irrevocably change the landscape of spacetime as we know it.
The reaction to this news in this the year of our lord 2018? “We’ll take it.”
We deserve it.
— Lynn Collette (@pdxposhy) August 30, 2018
I'm free tomorrow if that works.
— Butter Emails (@PeterPumer) August 30, 2018
Best news I've heard all week.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 31, 2018
— Ralph Steadman Art (@SteadmanArt) August 30, 2018
Well I guess that’s that pic.twitter.com/Ld7JxLLORK
— Mike The Mover (@MikeTheMover22) August 30, 2018
This is oddly comforting.
— AA (@wannabekitten) August 30, 2018
And when talking about the end of civilization, the current president and his “space force” inevitably came up.
— Red Man (@SmokeSignals000) August 30, 2018
Space Force to the rescue!!!!! pic.twitter.com/VVthxfz7pq
— DeFran (@attyrichdefran) August 30, 2018
— Navin Johnson (@THE_natedogg) August 31, 2018
I’m pretty sure this is a metaphor for @realDonaldTrump s White House
— Christopher William (@RealChrisTrue) August 30, 2018
So it began November 8, 2016?
— John Gilbert (@john_gils) August 31, 2018
The formation of the black hole would rely on a very specific set of conditions, which haven’t occurred yet. It looks like civilization is just going to have to be patient.