Gravitational Waves discovered | 150 Engage Illinois Office of Corporate Relations
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For the first time, scientists observed gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. Thirty years prior, NCSA was founded by Larry Smarr based on the premise that numerically modeling scientific problems, such as the colliding of black holes, required high-performance computing to make progress. Smarr’s doctoral thesis had itself been on the modeling of the head-on collision of two black holes and he later formed a numerical group to study and simulate black hole and gravitational wave problems.
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Feb 11, 2016
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Gravitational Waves discovered