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Black holes and gravitational waves

Black holes and gravitational waves

On Monday, Year five were very lucky to attend a mind-blowing and incredibly inspiring talk on ‘Black Holes and Gravitational Waves’, given by Mr. Barter, father of 2 current pupils. We learned all about the fabric of space-time and how massive objects, such as planets, can bend it and thus create a gravitational field around themselves. We also learned about the exceptionally faint gravitational waves that ripple through space-time when black holes (the strangest and most mysterious objects in the universe) collide and how hard it is to detect them. Humans did succeed in detecting these ripples for the first time ever this year! They had to use the most sophisticated detector on Earth to do it.

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