Posted by: John Looker | 26 November, 2017

The Day They Discovered Gravitational Waves

‘Collecting Reality’ is an interesting site to follow. They publish poems about science, usually by scientists but yesterday they posted this one of mine:

Collecting Reality

Time was there were Han philosophers
standing on a hilltop at night
naming the Mansions of Heaven;
later, Galileo Galilei
weeping with joy at the moons of Jupiter.

Now, in sightless tunnels
beams from lasers have shivered
at ancient astral events –
and men and women around the world
pore over computations

in awe at the mathematics:
the Universe in its infancy
had arched its back and roared
and they can feel
the exhalation of its breath.

© John Looker 2016

Originally published at https://johnstevensjs.wordpress.com/2016/08/19/the-day-they-discovered-gravitational-waves/

See: https://www.ligo.caltech.edu

”  The two LIGO gravitational wave detectors in Hanford Washington and Livingston Louisiana have caught a second robust signal from two black holes in their final orbits and then their coalescence into a single black hole. This event, dubbed GW151226, was seen on December 26th at 03:38:53 (in Universal Coordinated Time, also known as Greenwich Mean Time), near the end of LIGO’s first…

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