The Feb. 11 announcement that scientists had, for the first time, proof that space itself vibrates is expected to unleash a bevy of discoveries about things that go bump in the proverbial darkness.

Hold onto your hats, space watchers, because this news is HUGE. Scientists have detected gravitational waves for the first time — ripples in spacetime that back up Einstein’s work and let us eavesdrop on cosmological chaos.

The initial detection of so-called gravitational waves occurred in September when a pair of black holes, each about 30 times more massive than the sun, spiraled in toward each other and then merged into a new, larger black hole more than 1.3 billion light years away.

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