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Einstein was right! Scientists confirm that gravitational waves exist

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Einstein was right! Scientists confirm that gravitational waves exist

<p>In a landmark discovery for studying the cosmos, researchers have for the first time detected gravitational waves, ripples in space and time which were hypothesized a century ago by physicist Albert Einstein.</p> <p>The announcement was made by scientists from the California Institute of Technology, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the <span class="caps">LIGO</span> Scientific Collaboration at a news conference on Thursday in Washington.</p> <p>They said they detected gravitational waves coming from two black holes – extraordinarily dense objects whose existence was also foreseen by Einstein – that orbited one another, spiraled inward and smashed together.</p> <p>They said the waves were the product of a collision between two black holes 30 times as massive as the Sun, located 1.3 billion light years from Earth.</p> <div id="fb-root"></div><script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)<sup class="footnote"><a href="#fn188889265663786702296ce">0</a></sup>; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_GB/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));</script><div class="fb-video" data-allowfullscreen="1" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/euronews/videos/10153648840393110/"><div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><blockquote cite="https://www.facebook.com/euronews/videos/10153648840393110/"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/euronews/videos/10153648840393110/">How gravitational waves propagate?</a><p>How gravitational waves propagate? A century after Albert Einstein proposed their existence, there are ripples of excitement in the scientific community about possible confirmation of existence of gravitational waves, a discovery that could open a new window on the universe.</p>Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/euronews/">euronews</a> on Thursday, 11 February 2016</blockquote></div></div> <p>Read more on our <a href="http://www.euronews.com/programs/space/">Space web page</a></p> <p> </p>