Why is the verification of Gravitational waves so significant?

QuestionsCategory: AstrophysicsWhy is the verification of Gravitational waves so significant?
Profile photo of Big Bang BoffinBig Bang Boffin Moderator asked 4 years ago
Ajinkya Ranade replied 4 years ago

This discovery was so significant because this was the only aspect of GTR that wasn’t experimentally verified.
Gravitational waves explain how the energy is radiated off in events with body having large masses, such as quasars. However, only really large scale events produce significantly large G waves, such as colliding black holes, that can be detected. (even though the wavelength of the waves produced was still 1/1000th of the size of a proton.
Now that all aspects of GTR are verified, scientists can now work on formulating a common theory encompassing Quantum Chromodynamics and Gravity.

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Ajinkya Ranade answered 4 years ago

Note to self: Answer in the box that says “Your answer”
 
This discovery was so significant because this was the only aspect of GTR that wasn’t experimentally verified.
Gravitational waves explain how the energy is radiated off in events with body having large masses, such as quasars. However, only really large scale events produce significantly large G waves, such as colliding black holes, that can be detected. (even though the wavelength of the waves produced was still 1/1000th of the size of a proton.
Now that all aspects of GTR are verified, scientists can now work on formulating a common theory encompassing Quantum Chromodynamics and Gravity.

Profile photo of Big Bang BoffinBig Bang Boffin Moderator replied 4 years ago

I like your sense of humor. and the answer of course 🙂