As many of you may have heard, there has been a new barrier breaking scientific discovery: gravitational waves. For those of you who just scrolled past the tidbit in your newsfeed that talked about this thinking it was just another "science thing" (as I did originally), I've got some great news for you. I am going to explain it for you right here, and tell you how it may impact your life.
Gravity waves are waves that bend in space time. That means anything that has mass has been and is currently and will continue bending everything around it to some degree. They discovered this through using the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory) detectors to detect two colliding blackholes 2.3 billion lightyears away. These two black holes were emitting gravitational waves that were bending matter around them causing a ripple in space and time (similar to a rippled in a pond or any body of water). If that seems unimaginable to you, below is a picture that puts it into perspective.
One huge reason this is so important is because it essentially proves Einsteins Theory of Relativity. This detection of the gravitational waves was something that not even Einstein himself believed was possible. This is one of the greatest discoveries to happen in our lifetime. Everyone assumed that gravitational waves existed but this was the FIRST time we were actually able to prove that they existed. But what does all this mean?
To put in a simple way (which is my basic understanding because I am no astronomer) we can finally detect things in outer space that do not emit light such as black holes. This not only helps us further understand what we think we know about space, but it helps us unlock other objects we may not even know exist up until now.
I mean, how crazy is that? Here most of us are either happy or sad about the Superbowl. Or some of us are dying to tell our super romantic or hatred-filled Valentine's weekend stories. Or even Beyonce's new song and tour. All of those recent events filled up not only our newsfeeds but also our minds. All while there are discoveries happening here on Earth that could quite possibly change our understanding of not just physics but our entire universe!
So I ask you, my readers, to broaden your horizons (and your news intake) and learn more about the crazy possibilities outside of your daily realm. Things are changing for the better in the world of science and these discoveries are possible through the brain power and sheer will of those who take their time to care. And you'll want to know what these brilliant minds are finding out. Because in the blink of an eye the world may change, and I promise you won't want to be left behind.
Don't forget, PLUM's beta is up, and I would love to get online there and talk to you guys about gravitational waves and their significance!