The physics world erupted with joy and wonder this morning, when scientists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) confirmed the existence of gravitational waves. This will easily be the science story of the year, so people are naturally freaking out.
Even the anticipation was outrageous:
Totally chill, just hanging out waiting for the- I AM NOT CHILL I AM VERY EXCITED AND DOING A LOT OF PACING IN FRONT OF THIS LAPTOP.
— Robert McNees (@mcnees) February 11, 2016
This is what a bunch of excited scientist looks like:
— Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) February 11, 2016
Once the announcement became official, everybody really flipped out. In general, though, the physics community and the science world as a whole is just pumped about this Nobel Prize-worthy discover. Some folks are somewhat speechless:
— Sean Carroll (@seanmcarroll) February 11, 2016
Some used big words like “pandemonium”:
— John Preskill (@preskill) February 11, 2016
Some made jokes:
Sure, detection of gravitational waves at LIGO is cool, but did you know that I can use 2 yo-yos at the same time? #PayAttentionToMEEE
— skullsinthestars (@drskyskull) February 11, 2016
Some gave thanks:
— Matthew R. Francis (@DrMRFrancis) February 11, 2016
Some promoted their blogs:
— Amber L. Stuver (@livingligo) February 11, 2016
Some provided helpful links to the full academic research paper:
— peterdunsby (@peterdunsby) February 11, 2016
Some wrote poems?
Black holes goes chirp in the night.#LIGO
— Matthew Buckley (@physicsmatt) February 11, 2016
Some were speechless:
— Jon Ironmonger (@JonIronmonger) February 11, 2016
But really, we are all SarcasticRover:
Really excited about gravitational waves because now there's one more thing I don't understand about the universe.
— SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) February 11, 2016