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February 11, 2016, 05:40:39 PM
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Feb 11 2016, 11:59 am ET
Gravitational Waves: Ripples in Space-Time Detected For First Time

by Maggie Fox

Excited scientists announced Thursday they have detected gravitational waves — distortions in space-time — from the collision of two black holes 1.3 billion years ago.

It's a discovery that was widely predicted but never actually proven, and it confirms many of Albert Einstein's theories about the universe.
Image: LIGO Optics Wave Detector
A Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) optics technician inspecting one of LIGO's core optics (mirrors) by illuminating its surface with light at a glancing angle, prior to sealing up the chamber and pumping the vacuum system down. MIT/LIGO LABCaltech / AFP - Getty Images

"Ladies and gentlemen, we have detected gravitational waves," David Reitze, executive director of Caltech's twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) laboratory, said at a news conference in Washington, D.C.

"We did it!" Reitze said to an unusual standing ovation.


http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/gravitational-waves-ripples-space-time-detected-first-time-n516566

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February 11, 2016, 07:46:03 PM
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February 12, 2016, 07:06:41 AM
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Cool but i thought some other team said they already proved it with another detector ?

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February 13, 2016, 08:56:39 AM
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Cool but i thought some other team said they already proved it with another detector ?
No, this is a first in history. There are only two LIGO detectors today (one each in Louisiana and Washington). A third one was supposed to be built in India to assist in triangulation, but funding problems delayed the project.

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February 13, 2016, 09:50:18 AM
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Any independent confirmation?

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February 13, 2016, 02:09:39 PM
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Any independent confirmation?

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This is nothing revolutionary, its been at the heart of our physics models a long time, it was just an empirical conformation, one very hard to achieve.
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