What's the latest cosmology gossip? According to the Guardian, the field is awash with rumors that
next week, American scientists will announce the detection of
gravitational waves: incredibly small ripples carrying energy across the
void of the universe.
Space.com reports simply that
at a press conference scheduled for 12:00 noon EDT on Monday, March 17,
"[A] team of scientists will unveil what they bill as a 'major
discovery' in the field of astrophysics...at the Harvard-Smithsonian
Center for Astrophysics."
Predicted by Albert Einstein in his
General Theory of Relativity, gravitational waves are speculated to be
“an echo of the big bang [sic] in which the universe came into existence
14bn year ago,” writes the Guardian, which caught an echo of the
intense excitement that seems to be swirling among scientists with these
and other quotes:
"If they do announce primordial
gravitational waves on Monday, I will take a huge amount of convincing,"
said Hiranya Peiris, a cosmologist from University College London. "But
if they do have a robust detection … Jesus, wow! I'll be taking next
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