It is the first ever direct detection of gravitational waves; it’s the first ever direct detection of black holes and it is a confirmation of General Relativity because the property of these black holes agrees exactly with what Einstein predicted almost exactly 100 years ago.
—Prof. Karsten Danzmann, BBC News, February 11, 2016
And what were we doing, my love,
on September 14, 2015, when
around the Earth
space was squeezed and stretched
by gravitational waves—
“like Jello,” they say.
Were we brushing our teeth
or pulling the last of the carrots
out of the garden? Were we
driving the children to school
or feeding the cat? It was a chirp,
the sound of two black holes
colliding, a sound that lasted less
than one fifth of a second,
less than the time it would take
to look at you and think,
“Aren’t we lucky,” less than
the time it would take to leave
even the briefest of kisses on your neck.
While we were vacuuming or
washing our hair, everything
we guessed about the way
the universe works was changing.
That night we surely went to bed
as we always do, our gravities,
our densities merging,
though no one noticed
this small mystery—
and we, too, thought nothing
of it. We set the alarm.
We turned off the lights.
We curled into each other,
the fabric around us
for the full story, read here: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35524440