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The discovery uncovered

In this week's Bulletin find out how the LIGO and Virgo collaborations announce the direct detection of gravitational waves

The discovery uncovered

On Thursday, 11 February, Barry Clark Barish, one of the fathers of the LIGO experiment, presented the latest results in a packed Auditorium.

Almost exactly one hundred years after the publication of Einstein’s paper on General Relativity, the LIGO and Virgo collaborations have published a paper in which they show a gravitational signal emitted by the merger of two black holes. The signal has been observed with 5-sigma accuracy and is the first direct observation of gravitational waves. Read more in the Bulletin.