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Gravitational waves: Einstein was right – and this announcement is the scientific highlight of the decade

LNM Radio Network

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A century after Albert Einstein explained his General Theory of Relativity, scientists are expected to announce that they have found gravitational waves – ripples created by the collisions of black holes

This theory tells us that the force of gravity is best understood as a ‘warping’ of space itself. And when gravitating objects move, they generate a ‘ripple’ in space itself. When such a ripple passes the Earth, our local space is alternately stretched and compressed, rather as, when a stone is thrown into a pond, the induced outward-moving wave causes the water at any point to cyclically rise and fall – but by a tiny amount.