For my Exploratory Essay I chose Einstein’s concept of gravitational waves.  Einstein predicted this concept in 1916, based on his theory of general relativity. Einstein prediction stated that there are ripples in the fabric of space-time that are caused by massive objects moving at high speeds through space. For example some events that could cause gravitational waves are a supernova (star exploding),  two large stars orbiting one another, or two black holes that merge together. The gravitational ripples can be described as similar to the waves that radiate out when you throw a stone into water, except gravitational waves travel at the speed of light (186,000 miles per second) and can stretch or squeeze anything that is in their path. However gravitational waves are usually very weak by the time they reach earth and due to the limited technology at the time, it took over 100 years to actually detect these waves and prove Einstein right.




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