This is a new era of physics and astronomy - and scientists all over the globe, including in Africa, have a role to play.
The discovery of gravitational waves has ushered in a new era in astronomy and physics. Where will the next big discovery be made? There's no reason for it not to be Africa.
A team effort: Dr David Reitze, of the LIGO Laboratory at Caltech, shows the merging of two black holes that led to the detection of gravitational waves.
The discovery of gravitational waves involved a team of more than 1,000 scientists from across the globe, including Australia. So how does such an international collaboration work?
Wes Mountain/The Conversation
It's taken centuries for our understanding of gravity to evolve to where it is today, culminating in the discovery of gravitational waves, as predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago.
Massive bodies can send ripples through space time in the form of gravitational waves.
The long awaited discovery of gravitational waves has sent ripples through the scientific world. Here top experts respond to the historic announcement.
Extra, extra! The embargo’s lifted, read all about it.
Newspapers image via www.shutterstock.com.
Sometimes big research news bypasses the usual scientific publishing process. Here's why that's not good for scientists or the public.
Oh hey, I heard ripples in space and time, generated as two black holes merged. Call me back.
Here's a LIGO insider's description of how he got the news of a phenomenon that had first been theorized 100 years ago.
When two black holes collide, the resulting gravitational ripples can be felt across the cosmos.
The detection of gravitational waves is the final confirmation of Einstein's theory of general relativity, and opens up a new window into the cosmos.
Binary black holes come in a variety of forms, but they are all astounding.
NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)
It takes something as stupendous as the merger between two black holes to generate detectable gravitational waves. Here's how such incredible cosmic objects form.
Computer simulation of two merging black holes producing gravitational waves.
If you understand how a trampoline works, you'll be able to understand what gravitational waves are.
Two black holes collide.
University of Glasgow
It is the physics discovery of the century – even bigger than the Higgs Boson. Here's how it happened and what it means, by a key member of one of the lead teams
The 4km long arms of the LIGO experiment at Hanford.
LIGO lab: www.ligo.caltech.edu
A glimpse inside a truly extraordinary experiment.
The ALICE detector at the Large Hadron Collider may help unravel some of nature’s grestest mysteries.
Our panel of experts speculate on which of science's biggest questions could be answered in the coming months.
A highlight of 2015 was the number of weird and wonderful exoplanets that were found.
From a flyby of Pluto to the search for extrasolar planets and gravitational waves, 2015 was a monumental year for space news.
Stick with me and I’ll show you the universe. Artist’s impression of LISA Pathfinder.
Why the LISA pathfinder mission, just about to launch, could revolutionise astronomy forever by giving us a completely new window into the universe.
Japanese physicist Takaaki Kajita after he won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics, along with Arthur B McDonald of Canada.
EPA Franck Robichon
On the journey to discovery with the 'gifted mentor' Takaaki Kajita, one of this year's Nobel Prize winners, from some one who studied with him.
A visualisation of gravitational waves emitted by two orbiting supermassive black holes.
A new study has failed to find evidence of gravitational waves, but that doesn't mean Einstein was wrong about their existence.
Elegant but elusive. Simulation of merging black holes showing gravitational waves.
Gravitational waves: are they worth the hype?
Australian astronomers have their eyes on the skies.
The next decade will be an exciting one for Australian astronomy, as we probe the heavens for answers to age old questions.
New data reveals no evidence of gravitational waves in the early universe, as observed by the BICEP2 radio telescope (pictured) near the South Pole.
teffen Richter, Harvard University
One of this century’s greatest potential discoveries concerning the origins of the universe has now fallen to galactic dust. That’s according to a new joint-analysis of all the existing data – including…
Planck telescope and the Cosmic microwave background.
ESA and Planck
In March, scientists working on the BICEP2 experiment, a microwave telescope based at the South Pole, announced that they had seen ‘gravity waves’ from the early universe, created just after the Big Bang…