At 9.51 am (Greenwich Mean Time) on September 14, 2015, something happened which will change the way we look at the Cosmos. A window opened in sky which showed us an event which occured more than one billion years ago, generating 50 times more luminosity (or light power) than all the stars and galaxies combined, as two black holes collided in the depths of outer space, to produce a single, even bigger spinning black hole.
This edition of Science Scotland (No. 20) tells the tale of Scotland’s place in the discovery of gravitational waves by highlighting the contributions of some of the players involved.
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