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Did you know, today is an auspicious day? It marks the 1st year anniversary of the historic gravitational wave detection! Never heard of it?

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On September 14th, 2015, nearly 100 years after Einstein predicted their existence in his theory of general relativity, the first gravitational waves were observed from Earth. Gravitational waves are “ripples in the fabric of space-time caused by some of the most violent and energetic processes in the Universe”. The source of the waves was a collision between two black holes that took place 1.3 billion light years ago.

Why does it matter?

It matters to me personally for 2 reasons:

  1. In addition to Life By Fire, I’m writing another book called Genevieve’s Worlds. Genevieve eventually grows up and earns a Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering a source of non-resistance energy (energy that does not require earth’s resources). From what I’ve read, such a source of energy may well exist in the 4th dimension—the dimension of time rather than space. The gravitational waves discovered and discussed in the article below are ripples in the fabric of space-time…is there a connection? I have no idea, but Genevieve would.
  2. Einstein theorized the existence of these gravitational waves in 1916. But, this group of scientists worked for almost a DECADE to try to detect these waves with no results! How many people would give up after almost 10 years of work without success. But, they didn’t give up. And, as a result, they have finally succeeded in detecting something that could change the course of humanity’s future. Now that is PERSEVERANCE!!!

From LIGO: Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory:

“There is little doubt that September 14, 2015 will go down in scientific history. It was the day that one of the most intriguing predictions of Einstein’s General Relativity morphed from theory into reality. It was the day on which an entirely new field of scientific inquiry, gravitational wave astronomy, was born. And it was the day that human beings acquired a new sense, a completely new way of observing and learning about the universe unlike anything that has existed before.”

Many “firsts” occurred on that day:

  • The first detection of gravitational waves.
  • The first direct observation of black holes.
  • The first confirmation that binary black holes exist in the universe.

https://www.ligo.caltech.edu/news/ligo20160914

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