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Oxford Science Cafe
Katherine Dooley and Marco Cavaglià
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Mississippi
Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger.
On September 14, 2015 at 03:50:45 a.m. CST the two detectors of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory simultaneously observed a
transient gravitational-wave signal. The signal matches the prediction of
general relativity for the coalescence of two black holes weighting about
30 Suns into a single black hole at a distance of over one billion light
years from Earth. This is the first direct detection of gravitational
waves and the first observation of a binary black hole merger.
See this page for details.