Gravitational Waves

A new way to see Inside Neutron Stars

Astronomers study neutron stars using a method made famous by jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald.

1 week ago

Black Holes Simulated in a Tank of Water Reveals “Backreaction” for the First Time

Water simulations that small gravitational waves near a black hole can significantly change the black hole's behavior.

2 months ago

Physicists Figure out how to Make Gravitational Wave Detectors “Hear” 6x More Universe

Gravitational wave detectors are limited by fundamental quantum noise - an incessant "hum" that they cannot ever remove. But now…

2 months ago

All The Gravitational Waves Detected So Far

Few events in the astronomy community were received with more fanfare than the first detection of gravitational waves, which took…

3 months ago

China’s Planning to Launch a Space-Based Gravitational Wave Observatory in the 2030s: TianQin. Here’s how it’ll Stack up Against LISA

The successful detection of gravitational waves has been a game-changer for astronomy. And now the new frontier is in space,…

4 months ago

The Kilonova-Chasing Gravitational-Wave Optical Transient Observer is About to be Watching the Whole Sky

Lately there has been a flood of interest in gravitational waves.  After the first official detection at LIGO / Virgo…

4 months ago

Black Holes Make Complex Gravitational-Wave Chirps as They Merge

When black holes collide, they emit chirps of gravitational waves even after they have merged.

6 months ago

Behold! The Black Hole Collision Calculator!

A new tool called the Black Hole Collision Calculator let's users see just how powerful a collision between a black…

7 months ago

Gravitational waves could show what’s happening inside a star as it’s going supernova

It's kind of hard to see inside a star as it's blowing up, because of the whole "blowing up" part,…

7 months ago

Could a tabletop experiment detect gravitational waves and determine the quantum nature of gravity?

A tabletop gravitational wave detector could take decades to build, but it could answer the most fundamental questions in physics.

8 months ago