> inb4 pop-sci
Watchu think ?
You know LIGO has false signal runs just to keep their researchers on their fucking toes, right?
And Lawrence Krauss is not the director of LIGO, so he has no idea if this is just another one of those runs that they've waited too long to reveal.
There are rumors flying about in the community. I did my undergrad in a place that worked in LIGO and I know a few people in the collaboration. When this rumor came out a friend of mine in the collaboration (data analysis group) had heard nothing, however LIGO is a vast collaboration and tend to be rather cliquey. He is also very junior.
At the later the head of my astro group (totally unrelated to LIGO but we have a supercomputer) claimed we should look forward to an announcement the new year. It may be true but he is a pompous ass, I don't know if he would go as far as lying however.
The triggers are also set in such a way that about one spurious event comes up every month. A data injection however is quite unlikely given these rumors originated in the first 2 weeks of advanced LIGO.
>What is Hulse-Taylor Binary?
In a way, this would be very depressing, if gravity waves did not exist then we would have to rethink the fundamentals of our understanding of the cosmos. That would energise physics like never before.
On the other hand, if I was an advanced civilisation, capable of feats of matter manipulation, I would send out signals using gravity waves as a form of 'morse code' knowing only civs of a certain advancement could receive them.
>Also I hope there not because I think gravity is an illusion of something we haven't explained yet
What? C'mon dude, use your brain at least.
>I hope some massive long overdue result isn't true because I have this magical idea in my head that I want to be true.