Oh no, it's a Cosmic Tsunami!
July 29, 2012 7:51 PM Subscribe
For a story's sake, let's say a series of enormous gravitational waves caused the fabric of space time to fluctuate. What would that be like for us here on Earth, experiencing the fallout?
posted by MrHalfwit to science & nature (15 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I realize that gravitational waves as we know them only alter space-time by incredibly minute increments. But humor me, and let's say that two super-black holes collided and created massive gravitational waves headed towards Earth. I'm trying to wrap my mind around what that would mean for us Earthlings. Earthquakes and other catastrophic damage I imagine, but what about the time element?
I'm interested in both grounded scientific answers ("we'd be dead in an instant so we wouldn't notice anything, duh") as well as fun/silly theoretical spit-balling ("we'd experience brief hiccups of the past before being obliterated, perhaps?")
Apologies in advance for my damnable lack of an astrophysics background.