A major breakthrough in astronomy proved the prediction of Einstein about the possibility of gravitational waves formation. A team of scientists announced Thursday that they heard and recorded the sound of two black holes colliding a billion light years away. This fulfills Einstein’s prediction.
California Institute of Technology physicist David Ritze announced, “Ladies and gentlemen we have detected gravitational waves. We did it.”
According to the Mail Online, these gravitational waves were created 1.3 billion light years from the Earth and have helped in confirming that our universe was created by through the Big Bang theory.
Professor Stephen Hawking said that the detection of the gravitational waves marks a moment in scientific history. He commented, “gravitational waves provide a completely new way at looking at the universe.”
He further said that the ability to detect them had the potential to revolutionize astronomy. Hawking noted, “this discovery is the first detection of a black hole binary system and the first observation of black hole merging.”
Caltech physicist Kip Thorne said, “the colliding black holes that produced these gravitational waves created a violent storm in the fabric of space and time, a storm in which time speeded up, and slowed down, and speeded up again, a storm in which the shape of space was bent in this way and that way.”
Einstein changed the rules of space and time when he announced his theory in 1915. Newton offered static and fixed framework for the universe. Einstein, on the contrary said that matter and energy twist the geometry of the universe.
The new path breaking detection of gravitational waves completes Einstein’s vision of a universe in which space and time are interwoven and dynamic. It also confirms the nature of black holes which are bottomless gravitational pits. Even light cannot escape these black holes and they are the most unwelcoming part of his theory, stated The New York times.
Members of Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) along with scientists from a European team Virgo collaboratively published a report in Physical review letters.
Because of his revolutionary discoveries Albert Einstein will remain a inspiration to scientists around the world and one of the greatest genius of all time. People are still hoping and trying to find an equivalent of his genius to this date.