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For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.

Gravitational waves:
Detection 100 years after Einstein's prediction

For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.

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September 14, 2015 will go down in history. This is the day when researchers first detected gravitational waves – 100 years after Albert Einstein put forward his General Theory of Relativity which predicts such distortions of space-time. They pulled off this sensation with the Advanced LIGO installation, whose sensitivity to the gentle trembling from space is based substantially on technologies and methods thought up by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Hanover and Golm.

Gravitational waves:
the cosmos quakes

September 14, 2015 will go down in history. This is the day when researchers first detected gravitational waves – 100 years after Albert Einstein put forward his General Theory of Relativity which predicts such distortions of space-time. They pulled off this sensation with the Advanced LIGO installation, whose sensitivity to the gentle trembling from space is based substantially on technologies and methods thought up by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Hanover and Golm. [more]
Interview with Max Planck Directors Bruce Allen, Alessandra Buonanno and Karsten Danzmann.

“The signal caught our eye immediately”

Interview with Max Planck Directors Bruce Allen, Alessandra Buonanno and Karsten Danzmann.
In the 1970s, Max Planck scientists started working in the research field of gravitational waves.

Tracking down the gentle tremble

In the 1970s, Max Planck scientists started working in the research field of gravitational waves.

Cosmic collision

The visualization shows the two 29 and 36 solar masses heavy black holes which dance around each other and are going to merge in a few moments. They emit gravitational waves.
 
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