Now, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration has invited journalists to Washington, D.C.’s The National Press Club for an update on the search for gravitational waves, which will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
According to the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, the announcement is meant “to update the scientific community on the efforts to detect (gravitational waves).”
LIGO, designed to detect the tiny vibrations from gravitational waves, consists of two identical detectors, one located in Livingston, La. and the other in Hanford, Wash.
Gravitational waves are ripples in the fabric of space-time, and are thought to be caused by some of the largest objects in the universe. Their discovery would give scientists a new way to view the cosmos and may lead to new information about tumultuous cosmic events, such as black hole collisions and supernovae explosions.
Last week, the rumor flames were fanned when Science Magazine reported that LIGO physicists observed gravitational waves stemming from two black holes merging with one another. The media outlet based its report on an email from McMaster Univ. theoretical physicist Clifford Burgess, which ended up posted on Twitter. In the email, Burgess wrote that the discovery will be published in Nature on Feb. 11.
“This is just from talking to people who said they’ve seen the paper, but I’ve not seen the paper itself,” said Burgess to Science Magazine. “I’ve been around a long time, so I’ve seen rumors come and go. This one seems more credible.”