New gravitational wave hits Earth–For the first time, 3 detectors zoom in on location

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10/06/2017 10:58 AM EDT

Chad Hanna demonstrates gravitational waves via ripples in water

For the first time, three detectors have tracked the gravitational waves emitted by a merger of two black holes–a critical new capability that allows scientists to more closely locate a gravitational wave’s birthplace in space. It is the fourth announced detection of a binary black-hole system by the LIGO detectors and the first significant gravitational-wave signal recorded by the Virgo detector.

Full story at http://science.psu.edu/news-and-events/2017-news/new-gravitational-wave-hits-earth-for-the-first-time-3-detectors-zoom-in-on-its-location

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The Pennsylvania State University

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