gravitational waves


Here’s How Scientists Plan to Watch Supermassive Black Hole Collisions

“When these objects merge, there is more energy produced than the rest of the universe put together.”
Becky Ferreira
Dark Matter

Black Holes Can’t Account for Missing Dark Matter in the Universe

A statistical analysis of 740 supernovas found that black holes can only account for 40 percent of dark matter in the universe, putting another nail in the coffin for the MACHOs theory of dark matter.
Daniel Oberhaus

Around 10,000 Black Holes Are at the Center of the Galaxy, Study Says

The supermassive black hole at the galactic core seems to have an abundance of smaller black hole friends.
Becky Ferreira
eyes on the universe

Astronomers Are 'Racing Against Time' as Humanity Clogs the Air With Radio Signals

Interference is playing havoc with radio telescopes.
Jacob Dubé
Neutron Star Mergers

Scientists Have Detected an Entirely New Type of Gravitational Wave

Astronomers capture both a gravitational wave and optical imagery from the energetic union of two neutron stars in a distant galaxy.
Becky Ferreira
ripples in spacetime

Nobel Prize in Physics Recognizes the Dawn of a Whole New Kind of Astronomy

Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Barry Barish are named for leading the effort to detect gravitational waves.
Becky Ferreira
Kate Lunau

These Black Holes Merged Nearly Two Billion Years Ago and We Have the Receipts

The newest gravitational wave discovery is the first to involve three detectors.
Becky Ferreira
Black Hole Mergers

LIGO's Four Gravitational Wave Detections Come From Off-Kilter Black Hole Mergers

“You don’t write a paper saying: This is awesome! But we kind of have that feeling. It’s definitely a frontier.”
Becky Ferreira
Good Vibrations

These Floating Golden Cubes Proved We Can Detect Cosmic Ripples in Space

The mission paves the way for its big sister, LISA, that will listen for the collisions of galaxies and the explosions of massive stars.
Becky Ferreira
black hole fun

The European Space Agency Will Launch Laser-Bots to Study Ripples in Spacetime

After decades of delay and budget constraints, the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) is a go.
Becky Ferreira
einstein was right

Two Black Holes Ate Each Other and Rippled the Fabric of Spacetime

Lisa Cumming
humans of the year

One of the Greatest Cosmic Mysteries Was Solved By David Shoemaker’s Device

LIGO's detection of gravitational waves was an achievement comparable to Galileo’s telescope. Meet the man whose team built the detector.
Grennan Milliken