From left to proper: Kip S. Thorne, Barry C. Barish and Rainer Weiss.

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The Nobel Prize for physics has been awarded to 3 scientists who proved Einstein proper by observing gravitational waves.

Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne labored on the collaboration between the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), a collaborative challenge with over 1,000 researchers from greater than 20 international locations, and its European sister facility Virgo. They got the prize “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the commentary of gravitational waves.”

A visualisation of the gravity waves attributable to two black holes merging.


The LIGO first noticed indicators of gravitational waves on 14 September 2015. The faint sign was initiated 1.three billion years in the past by a collision between two black holes. Albert Einstein predicted these waves as a part of his common idea of relativity, which he developed over a century in the past. 

Einstein was uncertain that these ripples by area and time may ever be detected, however LIGO has noticed two comparable occasions for the reason that first discovery. And a brand new gravitational wave was noticed by the LIGO and Virgo groups on 14 August this 12 months.

“Gravitational waves are a wholly new manner of following essentially the most violent occasions in area and testing the bounds of our data,” the The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which awards the prize, stated in a press release on Tuesday. 

“That is one thing fully new and totally different, opening up unseen worlds. A wealth of discoveries awaits those that reach capturing the waves and deciphering their message.”

Learn extra: When black holes collide: Scientists discover second set of gravitational waves


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