Thursday, February 11, 2016

Gravitational waves: The Holy Grail of Modern Physics

"It's [LIGO, the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory] so precise it can detect changes the size of a soccer ball in the entire Milky Way galaxy." ~ Szabolcs Marka, (Physics Professor at Columbia University)

"Gravitational waves, when we discover them, will open a new window on the universe," Marka told CNN's Rachel Crane. "We will be able to study not just Einstein's general relativity -- we'll be able to find objects we only imagined would exist. We should see a universe that has never been observed before."

LIGO is described in a statement as "two identical detectors carefully constructed to detect incredibly tiny vibrations from passing gravitational waves," one located in Louisiana, the other in Washington State. The project was created by scientists from Caltech and MIT and funded by the National Science Foundation.

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