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Physicists Are Freaking Out About Gravitational Waves And You Should Too

After five months of keeping their stupendous discovery under wraps, physicists at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) are finally allowed to freak out publicly about gravitational waves. And they’re enjoying the hell out of it.

We've Found Gravitational Waves, Now What?

David Reitze, executive director of the LIGO Laboratory, took the podium at the National Press Building in Washington, DC, this morning, and said the words we’ve all been waiting on tenterhooks to hear: “We have discovered gravitational waves.” And a packed auditorium in Caltech’s Cahill building in Pasadena — where people had gathered to watch the live feed — erupted into wild applause.

Scientists Have Confirmed The Existence Of Gravitational Waves

Since Albert Einstein first predicted their existence a century ago, physicists have been on the hunt for gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime. That hunt is now over. Gravitational waves exist, and we’ve found them.

Watch Live As Physicists Discuss Today's Gravitational Wave Announcement

Video: The rumours were true! This morning leaders of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) announced the first direct detection of gravitational waves. In honour of this momentous discovery, the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario, is hosting a live webcast today at 1pm EST (5am AEDT): “Ripple Effects: A Forum on Gravitational Waves”.

We're Marvelling At These Incredible Pictures Of The Night Skies

Last week, we were blown away by a photograph from Mike Mezeul II depicting a storm over White Sands National Monument. We looked in a bit more on Mezeul’s portfolio and were amazed at what we saw.

There's Something Very Ominous Going On Near This Supermassive Black Hole

What’s this, you ask? Oh, it’s nothing. Just a supermassive black hole blasting a giant x-ray beam over a 300,000 light year-wide gulf of intergalactic space.

We Finally Know What's Inside Rosetta's Comet

Scientists have long pondered what lies beneath the surface of comet 67P, but a study out in Nature this week has the answer: dust. Lots and lots of dust. I was hoping for space gremlins, but to planetary scientists this result is almost as exciting.

Inspecting A Giant Telescope Mirror Looks A Lot Like Cleaning Your Backyard 

This photo of the fourth mirror for the Giant Magellan Telescope makes the cleaning and inspection of an incredible piece of engineering looks more like some dudes cleaning out their backyard.

This Cosmic Fart Cloud Is On A Collision Course With Our Galaxy

The cosmos is littered with clouds of star-forming gas, but few are as well studied as the Smith Cloud, set to crash into our galaxy in 30 million years. God-fearing humans might ask: Where did this unholy dust ball come from, and why is it heading straight for us? Now, science has the answer.

It’s a giant galactic fart, expelled from the Milky Way 70 million years ago and back to bite us in the arse.

There's Something Very Strange In This New Image Of Comet 67P

The Rosetta spacecraft has the best view of comet 67P, but astronomers right here on Earth are following the famous space rock’s trek across the solar system too. In the image above, they have spotted something very strange: The comet has two tails.

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