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Gravitational Waves Detected:
 The breakthrough – announced on Feb. 11 at a news conference in Washington, DC – ends a decades-long hunt for these ripples in space–time. The waves were produced from the collision of two black holes of 36 and 29 solar masses, respectively, which merged to form a spinning 62-solar-mass black hole, some 1.3 billion light-years away.

The gravitational-wave signal has been measured to an acceptable statistical certainty. In fact, the signal from the event was so strong that it could be visually "seen" in the data by eye. This monumental observation marks the beginning of the era of gravitational-wave astronomy and provides evidence for one of the last unverified predictions of Einstein's general theory of relativity.
Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics:
In a Press Release on 6 October 2015, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2015 to:
Takaaki Kajita, University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Japan; and Arthur B. McDonald, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada
"for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass"”
Nobel Prize Physics 2015

Congratulations to the researchers at LIGO and Virgo for the first ever direct detection of gravitational waves.
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