12 Facts You Didn’t Know About Gravitational Waves

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Here’s your guide to gravitational waves, it is a piece of cake, but before you go ahead, this is what happened: researchers at Montana State University have an update from the LIGO observatory on their progress in detecting gravitational waves. It is one of the biggest mysteries of the past 100 years that we inherited from Albert Einstein.

It is certainly a perplaxing thing – otherwise it wouldn’t have taken so much time to explore, right? So it’s OK not to know what many scientists are physics lovers are so excited about.

No worries, we’re here to explain!

1. Einstein was The First to Mention Gravitational Waves in 1916 in His General Theory of Relativity.

Einstein was The First to Mention Gravitational Waves in 1916 in His General Theory of Relativity.

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The first time that his predictions about the curvature of space and time was confirmed was in 1919, 14 years after the publication of his special theory of relativity. In it he predicted that visible light from the stars would bend around the sun. Astronomers were skeptical however when the solar eclipse of 1919 came about they turned their telescopes to the sky and saw exactly what he predicted. According to Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity, gravity is not a force reaching out through the universe. It’s a bending of space-time. When an object accelerates, it distorts the space-time around it, and that distortion travels away from the source at the speed of light.

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