Scientists won the Nobel Prize for detecting gravitational waves

This year's Physics Nobel Prize goes to Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Barry Barish for their efforts that helped lead to the first measurement of gravitational waves in 2015 by the LIGO team.
The trio are key members of LIGO, or the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory — a scientific collaboration that made history when it announced last year the first ever detection of gravitational waves. Over a century ago, Albert Einstein predicted the existence of these waves in his theory of general relativity. He argued that every object in the Universe warps the space and time around it, and when an object moves, it creates ripples in this space-time — gravitational waves — a bit like ripples in a pond.