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Incredible New Observation Shows Supermassive Black Holes Orbiting Each Other

You think our galaxy is special? Ha. Our boring pinwheel of gas and dark matter might be a nice hangout for humans. But 750 or so million light years away, there’s an elliptical galaxy, Galaxy 0402+379, whose two supermassive black holes are orbiting each other from a distance of only 24 or so light years. Their combined mass is around 15 billion times that of our Sun. Read More >>

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The Hunt for Gravitational Waves Is Officially Headed to Space

It took around a hundred years between Albert Einstein crafting his theory of general relativity and the confirmation of one of its wildest predictions, gravitational waves. So naturally, folks have been especially skeptical about funding expensive projects to look harder for them. But now that experiments are actually finding gravitational waves, scientists are ready to take the next step: Space. Read More >>

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Physicists Just Spotted Gravitational Waves Again – So What’s Next?

A long, long time ago, a pair of black holes collided with such power that they created ripples in spacetime, which emanated through the universe. All the while, molecules on a tiny rock in a fairly irrelevant nook of the Milky Way galaxy arranged themselves into living things, which evolved into self-aware apes. Those apes eventually realized they could actually measure those spacetime wobbles, and built several kilometer-long machines (tiny if you really think about it) in order to do so. When they flipped the switch, they caught the wobbles just in time. Read More >>

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Another Gravitational Wave Detector Will Help Revolutionise Astronomy

Last year, the pair of LIGO experiments announced a discovery a hundred years in the making: gravitational waves, tiny ripples in space time from a pair of colliding black holes a billion light years away. You might wonder what scientists will do with two giant gravitational wave detectors now that they’ve fulfilled their primary goal. Well, those ripples weren’t the end of the story—they were the start of a whole new saga in astronomy. Read More >>

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Catch Up on the Biggest Scientific Discovery of 2016 in Nine Minutes

A lot of cool science happened in 2016, but the obvious “holy shit!” moment came when physicists announced they’d confirmed the existence of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime first predicted by Albert Einstein in 1916. Read More >>

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The World’s Best Spacetime Ripple Detector Just Got Better

The world’s leading gravitational wave detector is back online and better than ever. After a series of upgrades, the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (Advanced LIGO) switched on yesterday. Physicists are already stoked about the cosmic collisions they’re going to measure during its next six-month run. Read More >>

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How to Make Your Own Gravitational Waves

Remember that time Stephen Colbert brought physicist Brian Greene on The Late Show to demonstrate the concept of gravitational waves with green lasers? Yeah, that was pretty awesome. Now there’s a handy DIY demonstration for those of us without access to that kind of technology, courtesy of science presenter Steve Mould. Read More >>

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Scientists Have Detected Gravitational Waves Again

For the second time this year, physicists at the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational Waves Observatory (LIGO) are giddy with excitement. They’ve just confirmed the second detection of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime proposed by Albert Einstein a century ago. It seems we’ve officially entered the age of gravitational wave astronomy. Read More >>

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We’re Now One Step Closer to Detecting Gravitational Waves in Space

A planned space-based gravitational wave observatory is one step closer to becoming a reality because a critical technological component just passed a series of tests with flying colours. The LISA Pathfinder collaboration announced the results of these experiments at a press briefing in Madrid this morning, along with a paper published in Physical Review Letters. Read More >>

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Gravitational Wave Scientists Win £2 Million For Being Awesome

Earlier this year, scientists confirmed the presence of gravitational waves, a cosmological feature first predicted by Albert Einstein. In recognition of this remarkable achievement, the scientists involved in the study have won the $3/£2.06 million Special Breakthrough Prize. Read More >>

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The Quest to Hear Echoes From the Big Bang Enters Its Next Phase

Back in 2014, physicists on a collaboration known as BICEP2 thought they had detected gravitational waves. Those claims quickly evaporated when it became clear that they had really seen patterns from cosmic dust. But they haven’t given up the hunt. An upgraded version of the experiment, BICEP3, began taking new data at the South Pole this week, in hopes of succeeding where its earlier incarnation failed. Read More >>

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Here’s How You Can Help Hunt For Gravitational Waves

Last month, the world celebrated as physicists confirmed the existence of gravitational waves, proving Einstein right for the umpteenth time. But if you were looking to get in on the glory that comes with catching a spacetime ripple, now’s your chance. This week, scientists began enlisting ordinary plebs like us to help make the next gravitational wave discovery. Read More >>

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Astronomers Finally Pinpoint the Location of Mysterious Radio Bursts in Space

For years, astronomers have puzzled over “fast radio bursts” (FRBs), mysterious cosmic beats that may come from pulsars. Now, for the first time, researchers have pinpointed the location of one such burst — and the discovery hints at an even more epic origin story. Read More >>

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Truthers Think Gravity Waves Are a Hoax to Convince Us the World Is Round

Not one week after physicists confirmed the existence of gravitational waves, the conspiracy theorists are out in force, shouting to the heavens that the “breakthrough” was a lie invented by fame-hungry scientists, supported by money-hungry institutions, and regurgitated by the traffic-hungry news media. Read More >>