I’m thinking physics news that amazes Hawking is historically amazing.
“This is just the first step in a much larger and more exciting development,” says Ilya Mandel, a theoretical physicist at the University of Birmingham, UK. Gravitational waves will join γ-rays, X-rays and radio waves as “part of the toolkit that we have for understanding the universe”, he says.
I love this part of the story: they auralized it.
The physicists who discovered this described the collision of these two black holes as a “storm in spacetime.” <– ridiculously cool phrase.
Visualization of the two black holes hooking up and having a spacetime storm baby.
The historic Physical Review Letters:
Great graphics from the article:
Nature’s presentation of how the gravity waves were detected:
LIGO ‘hears’ space-time ripples produced by black-hole collision.
How they found it.
One hundred years after Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, scientists have finally spotted these elusive ripples in space-time. In a highly anticipated announcement, physicists with the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) revealed on 11 February that their twin detectors have heard the gravitational ‘ringing’ produced by the collision of two black holes about 400 megaparsecs (1.3 billion light-years) from Earth.
Graviton, master of gravity.