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Nearly one century after Albert Einstein predicted (ref-1) the existence of gravitational waves (Ebene Gravitationswellen), this elusive form of radiation has been detected in the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). Coincident detections appeared in LIGO's two interferometers, in Hanford, WA and in Livingston, LA, on September 14, 2015 at 2:51 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (09:51 UTC). Subsequent analysis of the signals revealed the source to be the coalescence of two massive black holes, each of about 30 solar masses, at a distance of about one billion light-years. I will discuss this discovery and the emerging field of gravitational wave astronomy.
1 - Einstein, A (June 1916). "Näherungsweise Integration der Feldgleichungen der Gravitation". Sitzungsberichte der Königlich Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften Berlin. part 1: 688–696.