Explore Gravitational Waves with New Interactive Illustration

  • By AMS Staff
  • Jan 22, 2021

Image by artist Nadieh Bremer

The first gravitational waves ever recorded appeared in 2015. They propagated outward from the merger of two black holes; altering the fabric of space and time around them, and confirming another of Einstein's predictions. 

Since then, scientists with the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the Advanced Virgo, their partner observatory, have identified 50 gravitational wave events that have rippled through the cosmos. A new interactive illustration from data visualization artist Nadieh Bremer allows you to explore these different events and learn more about the details of each one. You can even listen to some of the collisions! 

Read more and play with the illustration here.