Visions 10: Gravity waves

Gravitational wave detectors will open a new window in astronomy, uncovering the Universe’s most violent side

Visions 10: Gravity waves

Astronomers will soon have a new tool to explore the frontiers of the Universe. A worldwide system of instruments is being built to detect gravitational waves from space. 

Gravitational waves are a prediction of Einstein’s general relativity theory which describes gravity as distortions, caused by mass, of the very fabric of the Universe – spacetime. 

They are ripples in the spacetime fabric that travel outwards at the speed of light.

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