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
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

A New Search Technique Could Exponentially Boost Discoveries of Black Holes

"For the past 10,000 years, astronomers have been studying the light side of the universe. We have now just begun to study the dark side of the universe."
Becky Ferreira

Scientists Think the Speed of Light Has Slowed, and They're Trying to Prove It

A controversial theory that would overturn Einstein’s theory of general relativity could soon be tested.
Daniel Oberhaus
stranger things

Is Ryan Lochte's Dog, Carter, a Time Traveler or What?

There's reason to believe that Lochte's dog has broken the rules of spacetime.
Sarah Emerson

Experiment Finds No Evidence the Universe Is a Hologram (But It Still Might Be)

One inconclusive experiment doesn't mean we're any closer to understanding the nature of space-time.
Jason Koebler

What Is a Gravitational Wave Detector, and Why Do We Want to Send One to Space?

ESA is getting ready to launch LISA Pathfinder, a mission that will test the technology for a million-kilometer-large gravitational wave detector.
Victoria Turk