On Thursday, February 11th at 10:30am EST, the LIGO (Laser Inferomerer Gravitational Observatory) will hold several News Conferences in Washington DC, near Pisa in Italy and Hannover, Germany. The as yet unknown topic of the press conferences is rumored to be proof that the elusive gravitational wave has been detected for the first time in history. This will be the culmination of 100 years of science, from Eintstein’s General Theory of Relativity in 1915 to the technology at LIGO labs in 2016. Proof of the existence of gravitational waves will be an important step in further cementing the accuracy of Einstein’s Theory.
We at the Lab are very excited to hear the results of the press conference. As of now, there is no publicized live webcast available to the public, however if any new information comes to light, we will inform you here!
For further reading on the theory of General Relativity as well as the significance of this discovery, read our Science Lab article we posted on the topic in early January.