Huge news in science today. Scientists at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) have observed gravitational waves for the very first time and have proved Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity.
But what are gravitational waves and will this discovery lead to time travel or the creation of a star gate? To answer these questions I turn to Michael Zemcov. He is an experimental astrophysicist at the Center for Detectors of the Rochester Institute of Technology. Before that he studied at UBC and grew up in North Vancouver.
So gravitational waves are a bending of spacetime that happen when a huge energy event occurs in space, like two massively dense black holes collide into each other. As the black holes come together, the spiral around each other. That spinning increases in velocity as they come together and the energy warps and bends spacetime in waves.