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Telescope to pick up gravitational waves

By T.K. Randall
April 18, 2011 · Comment icon 5 comments

Image Credit: NASA
The new underground Einstein telescope could allow scientists to directly see a black hole.
Gravitational waves have never been directly detected before and are thought to echo across the universe like ripples from a stone thrown in to a pond. The project will cost up to £1 billion to build and will rival the Large Hadron Collider in its sheer scope and cost. Scientists hope the device will enable them to directly detect black holes and to see in to the centre of neutron stars.
The ambitious new device is designed to detect gravitational waves – an elusive phenomena created by some of the most violent events in the universe such as black holes, neutron stars and the Big Bang.

Source: Telegraph | Comments (5)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by DieChecker 13 years ago
This will be very cool if it works. It will be real bummer if they detect nothing. I wonder what the $1 billion is for? Aren't there pre-existing tunnels? How much do lasers and the computers to run them cost?
Comment icon #2 Posted by Venonat 13 years ago
Nice! Looking forward to hearing progress.
Comment icon #3 Posted by psyche101 13 years ago
Very exciting news, I expect they would be pretty much on the ball if spending 1 Billion, the results will be astounding I am sure. I hope it is not too long a wait to see this thing in action.
Comment icon #4 Posted by la_paloma_blanca 13 years ago
It is expected to launch December 20 2012. Haha, just joking but that is some pretty interesting news.
Comment icon #5 Posted by formula 13 years ago
It's sad how humanity is spending hundreds of times more money on war rather than discovering the origins of the universe, stars, planets etc and even humans. Hope to at least see results soon (by soon I mean a few years )

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