Saturday, July 23, 2011

Gravitational waves

Reading a book about gravitational waves - possibly the next great leap in astronomy.

Ripples on a Cosmic Sea.


Anonymous said...

Very cool! I wonder, how far off is an orbital platform, say up around L1 or L2. That would give even greater results and present some serious engineering challenges.

R2K said...

Soon... Lisa is the planned mission that will launch several small spacecraft with a powerful laser system able to measure waves. If they don't find the waves with such a huge baseline, then we have to reconsider the physics involved.