On September 15, scientists announced the first observation of its kind: the detection of gravitational waves, wrinkles in spacetime predicted by Einstein more than a century ago, thrown off by two colliding neutron stars. The stellar crash, which took place 130 million years ago in the constellation Hydra, marks the first time that astronomers have matched gravitational waves with a visible source-showcasing this new era in astronomy. The discovery is the latest success for one of the most ambitious (and expensive) physics experiments in decades: The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). To have a deeper insight into the topic and the coin of change that physics had brought about for the realms of space we are obliged to have the wingman himself! Professor Riles is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), which in September 2015 discovered gravitational waves from the merger of two massive black holes. Dr Keith Riles has spent his career researching about the fundamental forces of nature and working in both gravitational wave and elementary particle physics. He'll be gracing the occasion on NSSC'18 with a webinar for all the space enthusiasts addressing How gravitational waves could solve some of the Universe's deepest mysteries and the problem of dark energy and general relativity's refusal to play nicely with quantum mechanics.
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