to earth and beyond

Yesterday morning, headlines across the world were eager to share with us new information to validate the last bit of Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity in a way they thought they never could. Nytimes explains, “space-time could curve, fold, wrap itself up around a dead star and disappear into a black hole” and this cosmic reaction was recorded on September 14, 2015.

In my home state of Washington and also in the state of Louisiana is where a pair of L-shaped antennas each with arms equal to 2.5 miles are monitored by LIGO scientists, or properly the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory. These $1 billion antennas are designed to record gravitational waves from galaxies; much like a rippling wave effect from a drop of water in a pond. It was this data that proved to scientists that they were picking up on gravitational waves from the merging of two black holes. These two black holes were more than 30x larger than the mass of the sun and after merging into one black hole its new mass was greater than 60x the mass of the sun! I’ve embedded an excerpt from LIGO’s A Passion for Understanding video to further explain for any of you who are visual learners much like myself.

Lastly, to my fellow Pisces Albert Einstein, I salute you! #teampisces

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