[Nottingham] [Other] Earthly football?... Try some pan-Universe football Zaphod-style!

Martin martin at ml1.co.uk
Wed Jun 15 23:45:25 UTC 2016


So... This is the season of a little muddy international football
interspersed with a few silly showers of political footballing...

And then...

And then we have something announced today/yesterday much more
significant that approaches some aspects of the Total Perspective Vortex
that Zaphod Beeblebrox[*] enjoyed...


Second gravitational wave detected from ancient black hole collision

Physicists have detected ripples in the fabric of spacetime that were
set in motion by the collision of two black holes far across the
universe more than a billion years ago.

The event marks only the second time that scientists have spotted
gravitational waves, the tenuous stretching and squeezing of spacetime
predicted by Einstein more a century ago.

The faint signal received by the twin instruments of the Laser
Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) in the US revealed
two black holes circling one another 27 times before finally smashing
together at half the speed of light...


“Everyone was still flabbergasted by the first discovery. We were
writing up papers and preparing for them to be released when we had this
second one. We thought ‘phew!’, it’s definitely real!”...

Fantastic stuff!

And everyone with a computer can take part in the search through the
data to find more of these pan-galactic own goals!!

In comparison, as for the more Earthly football...

For discussion later today :-)


*: http://hitchhikers.wikia.com/wiki/Total_Perspective_Vortex

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