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Gravitational Waves Detected

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.

S. Ossokine, A. Buonanno (Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik), W. Benger (Airborne Hydro Mapping GmbH)

This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam and Hannover has made significant contributions to the discovery.