By detection of gravitational waves Scientists Just Proved Einstein’s Big Breakthrough, 101 Years Later.
Scientists say they’ve finally recorded direct evidence of the tiny ripples in space-time. A century ago Einstein announced his Theory of Relativity, in which he suggested the existence of gravitational waves as most elusive premise.
So what exactly did Einstein see that took 100 years for technology to prove?
Isaac Newton stated that no amount of energy could stretch the fabric of the space and time. In essence Newton said, the structure of the universe was unshakable. Einstein stated that cosmic disturbances like collition of black holes do distort the framework of the universe, producing gravity. Evidence of this distortion, he said, could be detected in the gravitational waves certain cosmic events would produce.
Until now, we were not able to detect any waves because of the cost and time the project might take to conceive and execute. Building a system sensitive enough to detect a gravitational wave that creates a ripple one ten-thousandth the size of a subatomic particle–which not even the most powerful microscope can see.
“We have detected gravitational waves. We did it,” said David Reitze, executive director of Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory,LIGO which was created to do just what Reitze announced.
Reitze made the announcement Thursday at the National Press Club in Washington surrounded by other LIGO researchers and National Science Foundation head France Cordova.