Researchers from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) and from the Virgo interferometer report in Physical Review Letters the first direct detection of gravitational waves—faint distortions in the geometry of spacetime that were predicted by Einstein in 1916.
(Figure 1 from Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 061102)
A Physics commentary by Emanuele Berti of the University of Mississippi discusses the findings and explains why they will open a new era of observational astrophysics.
APS News is also providing additional coverage of this groundbreaking discovery.
At mediaassets.caltech.edu/gwave you can find the pess conference and reactions, videos, graphics, photos, interviews, and more.
Here is an Interview with Prof. Aichelburg on science.orf.at (in german)