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Making new waves, with gravity

Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity has been reaffirmed, thanks to a unique stellar pairing almost 7,000 light-years from Earth, has offered them an exclusive opportunity to study the nature of gravity.

A newly-discovered neutron star in orbit with a companion white dwarf star, that orbit each other once every two-and-a-half hours, have created an extremely strong gravitational force that has put competing theories of gravity to a more stringent test than any before.

Scientists say this is good news for researchers wishing to make the first direct detection of gravitational waves with advanced instruments.

Read more at National Radio Astronomy Observatory