It sounds extreme but it probably does happen. This video shows two black holes spiralling ever closer together until they eventually crash into each other

Black holes are creepy enough on their own: dead stars that are so massive, not even light can escape their gravitational pull. The thought of two of them at once just seems too much.

Nevertheless, pairs of black holes do seem to be out there. That means, if they get too close to each other, they could collide. This video simulates such a collision.

The black regions are the event horizons of the black holes: anything inside these regions could never escape.

The strange distortions to the background stars are caused by "gravitational lensing": the intense gravitational fields of the black holes bend the light rays coming from the stars, creating weird patterns.

The video was produced by the Simulating Extreme Spacetimes collaboration.