Gravitational waves

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Gravity waves are predicted by the Theory of Relativity, which claims that distortions in space travel at the speed of light away from a mass that moves.

Gravity waves have never been directly observed, and have even been the subject of a hoax:[1]

In 2010 researchers from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory detected the first direct evidence of gravitational waves — crucial proof of relativity. After thousands of hours of verification, they learned that the signal was a “blind injection,” an authorized prank by colleagues to check their work.

In 2016, demands immediately rang out for a Nobel Prize to be awarded for an anomalous "chirp" detected in LIGO.[2][3]

See also


  2. [1] Gravitational waves spotted from white-dwarf pair, BBC
  3. [2] Gravitational waves from black holes detected, BBC