Collection: Gravitational waves

  1. Weiss, Thorne, Barish
    Physics

    Trio wins physics Nobel Prize for gravitational wave detection

    Pioneers of LIGO collaboration win for finding spacetime ripples from two spiraling black holes.

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  2. simulated spiraling black holes
    Physics

    Trio of detectors tracks gravitational waves to their home

    LIGO and Virgo spot spacetime ripples in their first joint detection.

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  3. illustration of colliding neutron stars
    Astronomy

    Rumors swirl that LIGO snagged gravitational waves from a neutron star collision

    Telescopes seem to be following up on a potential gravitational wave sighting.

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  4. illustration of black holes
    Physics

    Swift kick from a supernova could knock a black hole askew

    An exploding star may have tilted the spin of one of LIGO’s black holes.

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  5. illustration of gravitational waves
    Physics

    LIGO snags another set of gravitational waves

    Two black holes stirred up the third set of gravitational waves ever detected.

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  6. illustration of gravitational waves
    Physics

    Year in review: Gravitational waves offer new cosmic views

    The first direct detection of gravitational waves will open a new window on black holes and introduce a new era in astronomy.

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  7. illustration of black holes
    Physics

    LIGO’s black holes may be dark matter

    Two analyses indicate that LIGO could have detected black holes that formed just after the Big Bang.

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  8. two black holes merging
    Physics

    More events needed to pin down gravitational waves backstory

    As more black hole collisions are found, researchers hope to piece together how and where these destructive duos form.

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  9. two spiraling black holes
    Physics

    Second gravitational wave signal detected

    LIGO has spotted a second set of ripples in the fabric of spacetime.

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  10. illustration of a black hole's accretion disk
    Cosmology

    How to make gravitational waves ‘sing’

    A rapidly spinning black hole would make a unique pattern of gravitational waves when it sucks in a smaller companion.

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  11. Gravitational waves
    Physics

    Faint gravitational waves could soon be on LIGO’s radar

    In a few years, LIGO could detect hints of faint gravitational waves from black holes too far away to be seen directly.

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  12. Black hole merger
    Astronomy

    Black hole smashup generated yottawatts of power

    For a split second, LIGO’s black hole collision generated 36 septillion yottawatts of power, or 50 times the power from all the stars in the universe.

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