I keep thinking about this telescope. I called it a "matrix telescope." I meant an optical array, but the bodies(nodes) that the array views(node) in the sky form a matrix for locating the source of GW events. It is like a 3D camera for space.
I was thinking about values I know to include in the algorithms for certain "node, views." Each node view would the the combination of two optical telescopes. So, i have to include the acceleration of gravity and the barometric pressure at each location. There would be maybe multiple bodies in each "node view." There would be values for distance, mass, and red shift for each body. There would also be values for distances between those bodies. Then, I started thinking. The universe is 70% dark matter.
The Andromeda Galaxy has a diameter of about 220,000 light years. A mass of one trillion solar masses and there is dark matter. The red shift is z = −0.001001 . Apparent magnitude = 3.44. Absolute magnitude = −21.5
We know values of gravitational waves. Gravitational waves move at the speed of light.
We also have expectations of their geometry. They would be in the shape of a directional arc. The arcs would be distorted by the masses of the galaxy. Masses in the galaxy would absorb energy from the waves. So, arcs closer to entry of the galaxy would have more energy than arcs as they egress.
They are 1/10th the width of a proton. That is one ten millionth of a nanometer.
Can we squash that "one ten millionth" with data?
Can we get 10 million seconds of telescope time a piece from two telescopes (20 million seconds)?
Can we at least point two large telescopes at the moon when GW are observed on earth? Maybe a proof of concept? Or predict when they might move through Alpha Centauri?
I put all of that time perspective in there. We know when gravitational waves pass through earth because of LIGO. This array would be for locating the source of GW merger events. We might as well try to see them passing through galactic bodies. LIGO detected 10 GW in 4 years(small sample.) Andromeda, if its is 220,000 light years across should have 55,000 gravitational waves passing through it. We can take as much optical data as we want of Andromeda until humanity succumbs to climate change.