Beautiful, Simple and Profound -
Detection of Gravitational Waves

Strong field tests: Binary pulsars

  The radiation of gravitational waves has been inferred from
  the Hulse-Taylor binary (and other binary pulsars). Precise
  timing of the pulses shows that the stars orbit only
  approximately according to Kepler's Laws: over time they
  gradually spiral towards each other, demonstrating an energy
  loss in close agreement with the predicted energy radiated
  by gravitational waves. For their discovery of the first
  binary pulsar and measuring its orbital decay due to
  gravitational-wave emission, Hulse and Taylor won the 1993
  Nobel Prize in Physics.


Hulse-Taylor Pulsar PSR B1913+16 (3 min)

Gravitational Waves LIGO interferometer capture (1 min)

Gravitational Waves Explained Simply to the Public, LIGO video
animation documentary introduction (9 min)


Discovery Paper
Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole


LIGO detects gravitational waves -- announcement at press

Gravitational Waves Explained  (3 min)

Watch Physicist Brian Greene Explain Gravitational Waves To
Stephen Colbert  (8 min)

Viewpoint: Relativity Gets Thorough Vetting from LIGO

Focus: LIGO Bags Another Black Hole Merger

GW151226: Observation of Gravitational Waves from a
22-Solar-Mass Binary Black Hole Coalescence

A tale of two black holes

Gravitational Waves: A New Era of Astronomy Begins

How blue-sky research shapes the future