WASHINGTON/CAMBRIDGE: Scientists stated on the day of Thursday they have for the 1st time tracked gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesized by physicist Albert Einstein a century ago, in a landmark discovery that launches a new window for researching the cosmos.
The researchers stated that they tracked gravitational waves coming from 2 black holes – extraordinarily dense objects whose existence also was analyzed by Einstein – that orbited 1 another, rotated inward and smashed together.
They claimed that the waves were the product of a collision between 2 black holes thirty times as massive as the Sun, situated 1.3 billion light years from Earth.
The scientific milestone, declared at a news conference in the state Washington, was acquired utilizing a pair of enormous laser detectors in the US, situated in Louisiana and Washington State, capping a long quest to reassure the existence of these waves.
The declaration was made in the state Washington by scientists from the California Institute of Technology, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.
Similarly light, gravity travels in waves, but rather than radiation, it is space itself that is rippling.