What are gravitational waves? | Science News

After decades trying to directly detect the waves, the recently upgraded Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, now known as Advanced LIGO, appears to have succeeded, ushering in a new era of astronomy. Here’s everything you need to know to understand the big detection. Read more:


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Reporting: Chris Crockett, Andrew Grant

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