The Cabinet has finally granted in-principle approval to the LIGO-India mega science proposal for research on gravitational waves. The news came in just after the historic breakthrough of the existence of gravitational waves, the same theory which was predicted by Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity 100 years ago. The LIGO-India project will establish a state-of-the-art gravitational wave observatory along with LIGO Laboratory run by Caltech and MIT. Also Read - FIR filed against Twitter India again, now over child pornography contentAlso Read - Mi Notebook Pro X to be Xiaomi's most expensive laptop yet, launch tomorrow
“The project will bring opportunities to go even more deeper into the roots of gravitational wave theory and take global leadership further with this new astronomical frontier,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
According to scientists, the gravitational waves observed last year were a result of the final merger of two black holes. The gravitational waves were detected by both of the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington.
According to the study by LIGO scientists, the black holes were about 29 to 36 times the mass of the sun, and the event took place 1.3 billion years ago. About three times the mass of the Sun was converted into gravitational waves in a fraction of a second.
The existence of gravitational waves was first said to be demonstrated in the late 1970s and 1980s by scientists from America who found a binary pulsar whose orbit was slowly shrinking because of the release of energy in a way Einstein s theory predicted.