Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves in 1916.
It took a hundred years of searching for scientists to confirm he was right.
They announced Thursday they have directly detected gravitational waves for the first time, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The waves resulted from a cosmic clash of black holes so violent that its shock waves rippled the fabric of space and time across a billion light years.
The team of more than 1,000 researchers in 15 countries, led by scientists at the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said their find, published in Physical Review Letters, verifies an unproven portion of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity.
By Einstein’s reasoning, any object with mass warps the curvature of space and time, like a bowling ball on a trampoline, the Journal said. It stirs space and time, generating waves that radiate at the speed of light.
Because the waves are largely unimpeded by matter, the scientists said, they offer a new way for astronomers to probe hidden recesses of the universe.
“They picked up this minute tremble in space, but it is totally shaking up the field of science,” said physicist Robbert Dijkgraaf, director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, where Einstein once worked.
“It is confirming the ideas of one of the most brilliant minds that ever lived.”
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