One of the most cataclysmic events in space was discovered despite having taken nine billion years to reach Earth.
An international team, including Australian scientists, discovered wrinkles in space and in time, known as gravitational waves, of the most famous collisions of binary black holes, which formed a new black hole about 80 times the sun.
Although the collision happened nine billion years ago, it has brought waves only to Earth last year, and this year it was not discovered.
The discovery, which was announced on Tuesday, is the latest success, and one of the largest, for the Advanced Laser Interferometric Gravity Observatory (LIGO).
The team uncovered the gravitational waves of a clash across Earth on July 29, 2017, followed by three smaller black hole mergers in August 2017, through the resuscitation of data previously captured by Advanced LIGO.
The discovery published the total number of black hole detection detectors up to 10, coupled with a neutron star cluster over the past three years.
Australian team professor Susan Scott says he spent most of his career hoping to uncover gravity waves and technological advances finally gave scientists an answer.
This event also featured black holes that spanned the fastest of all mergers observed so far, and that's the farthest merge in space when it was noticed, said Professor Scott.
"We can not see these events in any other way, except through gravitational waves, because they do not emit light or radio waves … because they are black holes," she told AAP.
Binary systems, which means two black holes orbiting each other, eventually collapse together and radiate strong gravitational waves that are very weak until the time they reach the earth, says prof. Scott, from the Australian Research Center's Research Center for Gravity Waves (OzGrav).
Detections will enhance scientists' understanding of how many binary black hole systems exist in the universe and the range of their masses and how fast they spin on the merger, she said.
The researchers plan to use the technology of Ligo to detect cataclysmic events even more in space, hoping to reach the start of time.
The next observation that will begin to collect data will begin early next year, after work to make the detector of the gravitational wave more sensitive.
Professor Scott will present recent results at the Australian Institute of Physics Congress in Perth later this month and the discovery will be announced in Physical Review X later.
"This should be the biggest announcement of the whole congress … it's the top of my career," she said.