How about them gravitational waves

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How about them gravitational waves

Post by Linkman » Fri Feb 12, 2016 12:15 pm

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Re: How about them gravitational waves

Post by HPD » Fri Feb 12, 2016 4:41 pm

This is awesome

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Re: How about them gravitational waves

Post by Xenesis » Sat Feb 13, 2016 9:32 am

Man, the fact that it takes a century to prove some of these things (and that it actually is proven!) is incredible.
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Re: How about them gravitational waves

Post by scraggypunk » Sat Feb 13, 2016 3:24 pm

sorry guys my bad i sneezed on the mirrors. it was me
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Re: How about them gravitational waves

Post by Kanzer » Sat Feb 13, 2016 11:59 pm

Too late, already won three Nobels out of it.
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Re: How about them gravitational waves

Post by Sniffit II » Sat Apr 16, 2016 8:42 pm

I know i'm late to the party, but it was bloody cool.
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Re: How about them gravitational waves

Post by daisy » Sat Apr 16, 2016 11:24 pm

Thank you for your bump and valuable contribution to the discussion, Sniffit.

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Re: How about them gravitational waves

Post by Dragonite » Sat Apr 16, 2016 11:25 pm

He's got a uni degree on physics though, so he probably couldn't resists having another yay moment about it.

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Re: How about them gravitational waves

Post by Sniffit II » Sun Apr 17, 2016 2:49 am

Well, there were three really cool things about it in particular:
1) Gravitational waves
2) Intermediate sized black holes - pretty much the first actual evidence of them, and so far there had been zero sign of them, despite loads of solar-mass magnitude holes, and loads of supermassive black holes - and no-one really knew why.
3) Chances are, they were the remnants of Population III stars - ie. the first stars in the universe. We've not seen them before.

As I said - it was bloody cool.

Also yay physics.

Edit: oh yeah, and before I forget, I seem to remember the detector used lasers, which rely on quantum mechanics to actually work, for which Einstein recieved his Nobel prize, the thing being discovered requires General Relativity to work, for which Einstein is most famous for. The two things require mutually exclusive assumptions to be made in order to mathematically work. Both of them have been shown to work, and are required for various modern gadgets to work (think GPS for relativity, and quantum for CD players, because lasers).

That, I must assert, is really cool.
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