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    A Physicist Tweeted That Gravitational Waves "May Have Been Discovered" And People Are Excited

    Gravitational waves, if directly detected, would be one of the biggest physics discoveries of the century. But no scientific paper has been published yet, so don't hold your breath.

    Yesterday physicist Lawrence Krauss tweeted this.

    My earlier rumor about LIGO has been confirmed by independent sources. Stay tuned! Gravitational waves may have been discovered!! Exciting.

    Gravitational waves are ripples in space-time that were predicted by Albert Einstein. Essentially, space itself is seen to briefly stretch as one of these waves passes by, then return to normal.

    In his tweet, Krauss is referring to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), a US experiment that uses two detectors – one in Hanford, Washington, and one in Livingston, Louisiana – to search for gravitational waves.

    Krauss is a cosmologist at Arizona State University, and doesn't work on LIGO.

    His tweet brought rumours of the detection of gravitational waves to a much bigger audience, and, even though the detection is unconfirmed, people are getting excited about the possibility.

    Krauss first mentioned these rumours in a tweet in September last year.

    We've detected the gravitational waves for the first time? Sub space communication here we come!

    The rumour about gravitational waves in spacetime has triggered several geekgasms across the globe

    Gravitational waves are the new Higgs boson, pass it on.

    Gravitational waves, if directly detected, would be one of the biggest physics discoveries this century.

    LIGO is searching for these ripples.

    Many physicists are urging caution and stressing the importance of letting the researchers analyse the data before speculating about results.

    The rumor probably wasn't started by LIGO folks. Rumors are the last thing they want! Their only concern is carefully analyzing any data.

    So take this (and other such rumors) with an enormous grain of salt. If it doesn't pan out, well, that's just how science works sometimes.

    Meanwhile, thanks to the timing of the rumours, some people suggested that LIGO might actually have detected something else.

    @LKrauss1 Probably detected the Bowie Ascension, but I'll hold out hope for Gravitational Waves.

    @LKrauss1 Are you sure you've not just picked up #DavidBowie signal passing through space time dimensions?

    ALIENS: "Are you sure they're ready?" BOWIE: "Yes, my time among them is complete. Allow them the secret of gravitational waves."