Not too clear about the gravitational waves discovery? Here’s a visual explainer

Published:  February 17, 2016

PHD Comics breaks down the discovery of gravitational waves in space for the layman through a compelling visual animation.

The news took the world by storm: the last puzzle piece of Einstein’s general theory of relativity was put in place by researchers from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) who announced that they had detected gravitational waves in space.


It’s a ground-breaking discovery and there’s been in-depth coverage on news channels worldwide. But these details and the discovery’s significance may seem a little complicated to explain to the general public. To help break it all down for the layman, PHD Comics came up with a visual explainer that explains these and more in a compelling and clear manner.

Take a look:

Finding these waves marks the end of a century-long hunt, embarked by Einstein and scientists are now given a new way to look at the universe. This discovery could possibly give us clues about what happened tiny fractions of a second after the Big Bang, an explosion whose waves must still be rippling through the fabric of our reality and various other cosmic explorations.

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