Tom Explains: Gravitational Waves

Picture a trampoline with a basketball on it. If you stand in the middle of it, the ball rolls towards you – that’s gravity. If you jump up and down, or move side to side, the trampoline stretches or shrinks, and the ball will bounce around a bit. Little ripples in the trampoline will spread out from where you land.

Einstein theorized that when two really fast-moving heavy objects get close to each other, the ‘dents’ they put in the trampoline of space (like in the picture) stretch and shrink the trampoline, creating ripples. These ripples should spread out in space, so we can detect them.

But because we’re so far away from everything else in space, it takes extremely sensitive equipment to detect irregularities consistent with what we think gravitational waves look like. Two receptors with a laser in between them measure how long it takes for light to travel a small distance. If a gravity wave passes through the equipment, the sensors would detect an irregularity, which we now believe to be the result of a gravity waves – like two buoys in the ocean.

Blablawat+used+roll+picture+blablawat+rolled+image+i+need+tree+fiddy+_ec35638141627731db6818f69a8959db

You’re probably wondering: “who cares?” Well, not many people. But I think more people should. In 1918, Einstein’s general theory of relativity revolutionized our understanding of gravity and in part predicted the existence of gravity waves. As of 2015, gravity waves remained the final unconfirmed component of general relativity. Now, we have concrete evidence of every component of general relativity. With this new information we have gained further insight into the workings and beginning of our universe. 

Posted by on April 5, 2016. Filed under World News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

43 Responses to Tom Explains: Gravitational Waves

  1. Pingback: 대밤

  2. Pingback: sbobet

  3. Pingback: world market link

  4. Pingback: hydroxychloroquine risk of death

  5. Pingback: hydroxychloroquine for covid 19

  6. Pingback: hydroxychloroquine 200 mg tab

  7. Pingback: hack instagram account

  8. Pingback: hydroxychloroquine coronavirus trial results

  9. Pingback: clomiphene in men

  10. Pingback: ivermectil effect on women

  11. Pingback: stromectol tablet 6 mg

  12. Pingback: generic priligy 60mg

  13. Pingback: plaquenil coupon

  14. Pingback: anastrozole vs tamoxifen

  15. Pingback: fda approved tadalafil

  16. Pingback: tab ivermectin

  17. Pingback: plaquenil 875 for roundworm

  18. Pingback: stromectol 6mg uses

  19. Pingback: tadalafil 60 mg

  20. Pingback: stromectol causes yeast infection

  21. Pingback: cheap ampicillin sodium

  22. Pingback: amoxicillin 500mg tablet

  23. Pingback: where to buy ivermectin online

  24. Pingback: ivermectin 1.87% humans

  25. Pingback: ivermectin for psoriasis

  26. Pingback: cialis buy

  27. Pingback: stromectol for sale

  28. Pingback: plaquenil trihydrate antimalaria potassium

  29. Pingback: what is ivermectin used for humans

  30. Pingback: how ivermectin works for corona

  31. Pingback: Plymouth workers call in sick more than any other UK city

  32. Pingback: does azithromycin treat chlamydia

  33. Pingback: que es ivermectina

  34. Pingback: oral ivermectin lice

  35. Pingback: ivermectin para que se usa

  36. Pingback: sildenafil in india

  37. Pingback: sildenafil 100mg uk price

  38. Pingback: medications for insomnia

  39. Pingback: tadalafil 5mg prescription

  40. Pingback: hydroxychloroquine for sale

  41. Pingback: stromectol for sale otc

  42. Pingback: tadalafil generic usa

  43. Pingback: best over counter viagra

You must be logged in to post a comment Login