|De Anza College - Lana Sheridan|
The 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics has been awarded to Kip Thorne, Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish for their work on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) project which allowed us to detect gravitational waves for the first time in 2015. These observations have given support to our current understanding of gravity, and confirmed an important prediction of General Relativity.
At giant interferometers in Washington state, Louisiana, and now also at the Virgo observatory near Pisa, Italy, the space-time distortions from distant colliding black holes can be detected. The position in the sky of the collision can now be triangulated. This gives us a new way to study black holes.