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They exist! Einstein’s Gravitation Waves!

This is definitely an important scientific discovery: Gravitation Waves! They do indeed exist as the most brilliant mind of the 20th century Albert Einstein had suggested.

Scientists said on Thursday they have for the first time detected gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesized by physicist Albert Einstein a century ago, in a landmark discovery that opens a new window for studying the cosmos.

Below an excerpt from a Reuters article explaining What Gravitational Waves are:

The researchers said they detected gravitational waves coming from two black holes – extraordinarily dense objects whose existence also was foreseen by Einstein – that orbited one another, spiraled inward and smashed together. They said the waves were the product of a collision between two black holes 30 times as massive as the Sun, located 1.3 billion light years from Earth.

The scientific milestone, announced at a news conference in Washington, was achieved using a pair of giant laser detectors in the United States, located in Louisiana and Washington state, capping a long quest to confirm the existence of these waves.

The announcement was made in Washington by scientists from the California Institute of Technology, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

Like light, gravity travels in waves, but instead of radiation, it is space itself that is rippling. Detecting the gravitational waves required measuring 2.5-mile (4 km) laser beams to a precision 10,000 times smaller than a proton.

Merging Black Holes & Gravitation Waves – Awesome!

Full article here

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One comment

  1. Every time there is such a major breakthrough in our understanding of nature, and there have been quite a few in the last years, I feel lucky to have been born in such interesting times.