Nobel Prize for Physics awarded to team who found gravitational waves – ripples in the fabric of spacetime

Nobel Prize for Physics awarded to team who found gravitational waves – ripples in the fabric of spacetime

The team who discovered gravitational waves – ripples in space and time – have been awarded the Nobel Prize of Physics.

The waves were predicted by Einstein in his General Theory of relativity, but were not recorded for more than 100 years.

They were finally spotted in 2016 by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Ligo) in a discovery was hailed as “the biggest scientific breakthrough” of the century by scientists.

Today the Nobel Prize was awarded to Rainer Weiss of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Barry Barish and Kip Thorne of the California Institute of Technology, all members of the Ligo team.

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