First Direct Evidence Of Gravitational Waves

The recent past has been quite dramatic for the scientific world, with the confirmed detection of the elusive Higgs Boson (the so-called "God particle"), and now the first direct detection of gravitational waves, something long predicted by Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity.

This is stuff that will go down in the history books for sure, and speaks to the huge advances in measuring bind-bogglingly small variations in Nature.
It completes his vision of a universe in which space and time are interwoven and dynamic, able to stretch, shrink and jiggle. And it is a ringing confirmation of the nature of black holes, the bottomless gravitational pits from which not even light can escape, which were the most foreboding (and unwelcome) part of his theory.
More generally, it means that a century of innovation, testing, questioning and plain hard work after Einstein imagined it on paper, scientists have finally tapped into the deepest register of physical reality, where the weirdest and wildest implications of Einstein’s universe become manifest.
NYtimes


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