LIGO Scientists who Detected Gravitational Waves Awarded Nobel Prize in Physics

For their immeasurable contributions to the discovery of gravitational waves, Caltech professors Kip S. Thorne and Barry C. Barish, and MIT professor emeritus Rainer Weiss, were awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics.

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Cosmic Census Says There Could be 100 Million Black Holes in our Galaxy Alone

A new study by a team from UCI indicates that black hole mergers could be very common, which has implications for the study of black holes and gravitational waves

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Stars Orbiting Supermassive Black Hole Show Einstein was Right Again!

A team of European astronomers accurately measured the orbit of a star around the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky way, thus confirming predictions made by Einstein’s theory of General Relativity.

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Do Gravitational Waves Permanently Alter the Nature of Spacetime?

A new study by a team of researchers from Monash University argues that gravitational waves may permanently alter the fabric of spacetime.

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“Spotters Guide” for Detecting Black Hole Collisions

When it comes to the many mysteries of the Universe, a special category is reserved for black holes. Since they are invisible to the naked eye, they remain visibly undetected, and scientists are forced to rely on “seeing” the effects their intense gravity has on nearby stars and gas clouds in order to study them. […]

Where Have All the Pulsars Gone? The Mystery at the Center of Our Galaxy

The galactic center is a happening place, with lots of gas, dust, stars, and surprising binary stars orbiting a supermassive black hole about three million times the size of our sun. With so many stars, astronomers estimate that there should be hundreds of dead ones. But to date, scientists have found only a single young pulsar at […]