Collection: Gravitational waves

A collection of articles on the search for gravitational waves

  1. black holes
    Astronomy

    Black hole heavyweights triggered gravity wave event

    Those gravity waves came from two black holes more massive than any known outside a galactic core and formed in an environment different than the Milky Way.

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  2. illustration of gravitational waves from two black holes
    Physics

    Gravity waves exemplify the power of intelligent equations

    Discovering gravity waves confirms Einstein and illustrates the power of the human mind to discern physical phenomena hidden in mathematical equations.

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  3. gravitational waves illustrated
    Physics

    ‘Gravity waves’ is an OK way to refer to gravitational radiation

    There’s not lexicographical basis for complaints that ‘gravity wave’ is incorrect usage for gravitational waves.

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  4. Physics

    The long road to detecting gravity waves

    Thanks to two colliding black holes, Einstein's historic prediction of gravitational waves disturbing the fabric of spacetime has finally been realized.

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  5. illustration of gravitational waves
    Physics

    Gravitational waves explained

    Colliding black holes send ripples through spacetime that can be detected here on Earth. What are these gravitational waves, and how did Advanced LIGO detect them?

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  6. illustration of two black holes colliding
    Physics

    Gravity waves from black holes verify Einstein’s prediction

    Gravitational waves, tremors in the cosmic fabric of space and time predicted by Einstein a century ago, have finally been detected, opening a new avenue for exploring the universe.

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  7. Advanced LIGO in Livingston, Louisiana
    Astronomy

    As first run of gravitational wave search winds down, rumors abound

    Advanced LIGO has completed its first search for gravitational waves. Researchers are crunching the data as rumors swirl of a detection.

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  8. Physics

    Pulsar pair ripples spacetime

    A pair of pulsars gives scientists the best evidence so far for gravitational waves, which have yet to be detected directly.

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  9. LISA pathfinder
    Astronomy

    LISA Pathfinder to pave way for gravitational wave detection

    The successful launch of the LISA Pathfinder mission marks the first step toward testing techniques needed to build a space-based gravitational-wave detector.

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  10. galaxy light
    Astronomy

    Using general relativity to magnify the cosmos

    Astronomers have Einstein to thank for the tools that bring far-away galaxies and maybe even black hole collisions into view.

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  11. black hole
    Astronomy

    Black hole collisions evade detection

    The environment in the centers of some galaxies might inhibit gravitational waves radiating from supermassive black holes, a new study suggests.

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  12. black holes are on a collision course
    Astronomy

    Pair of black holes prepare to take the plunge

    A pair of supermassive black holes in a distant galaxy will likely collide in the next million years.

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