In Layman's Terms: Gravitational Waves

In case you were wondering what the big deal was


Sat, Feb 13th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

If you wanted to join the celebration in the recent detection of gravitational waves, but no matter how much you read about it, you still don't understand, PHD Comics explains it all with this nifty comic.

Long ago, deep in space, two massive black holes—the ultrastrong gravitational fields left behind by gigantic stars that collapsed to infinitesimal points—slowly drew together. The stellar ghosts spiraled ever closer, until, about 1.3 billion years ago, they whirled about each other at half the speed of light and finally merged. The collision sent a shudder through the universe: ripples in the fabric of space and time called gravitational waves. Five months ago, they washed past Earth. And, for the first time, physicists detected the waves, fulfilling a 4-decade quest and opening new eyes on the heavens.



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