Einstein was right: ‘We can hear the universe’


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More than a billion years ago, in a galaxy far away, two black holes surrendered to one another’s inexorable attraction and collided with such force that it disturbed the very fabric of the universe.

On Thursday, scientists announced to the world that they had detected the ripple-like gravitational waves that still course from this violent event and simultaneously confirmed a prediction made by Albert Einstein a century ago.

The detection, made with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, known as LIGO, is the culmination of a decades-long search for signs of this elusive phenomenon – and an achievement some said was on par with the discovery of the Higgs boson, which earned its theorists a Nobel Prize in 2013.

Read more: http://www.afr.com/technology/einstein-was-right-we-can-hear-the-universe-20160212-gmsoop#ixzz40GmubAml
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