Historic detection of gravitational waves lauded by Modi
| Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 23:51
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday expressed his happiness over historic detection of gravitational waves and lauded role of Indian scientists in the project.
"Historic detection of gravitational waves opens up new frontier for understanding of universe," Modi said in a tweet.
"Immensely proud that Indian scientists played an important role in this challenging quest," he added.
Confirming a major prediction of Albert Einstein's 1915 general theory of relativity, scientists have, for the first time, observed gravitional waves, or ripples in the fabric of spacetime, arriving at Earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe.
Dubbed as the breakthrough of the century, the international team of scientists believes that the detection of gravitational waves will open an unprecedented new window to the cosmos.
Gravitational waves carry information about their dramatic origins and about the nature of gravity that cannot be obtained from elsewhere.
Physicists have concluded that the detected gravitational waves were produced during the final fraction of a second of the merger of two black holes to produce a single, more massive spinning black hole. This collision of two black holes had been predicted but never observed.