“Being able to detect gravitational waves would open a new window on the universe. It’d literally be as if we’ve been blind and now can see the universe … in a whole new way. Using gravitational waves, scientists can study black holes, neutron stars and the early universe as never before, and, for sure, that ability will lead to unanticipated discoveries, unexpected marvels.
Bottom line: LIGO is expected to announce the discovery of gravitational waves on Thursday, February 11, 2016. The announcement is scheduled at 10:30 ET (1530 UTC) in Hanford, Washington (site of one of the LIGO detectors) and Washington D.C. as well as sites in Italy and Britain. Follow on Twitter using the hashtag #gravitationalwaves. Also, check LIGO’s website for more.
Merging black holes ripple space and time in this artist’s concept. Pulsar-timing arrays — networks of the pulsing cores of dead stars — are one strategy for detecting these ripples, or gravitational waves, thought to be generated when two supermassive black holes merge into one.Image credit: Swinburne Astronomy Productions
Gravitational waves are created in some of the most violent events in our universe, such as the merger of two black holes. Image via Swinburne Astronomy Productions / Black Holes Don’t Make a Big Splash“.~All of this was sourced from earthsky.org!!!