We might have discovered hints of gravitational waves permeating the universe

Astronomers might have caught a glimpse of the universe’s gravitational wave background

Tonia Klein / NANOGrav

Every little thing within the universe is continually being stretched and squeezed by gravitational waves, ripples in space-time attributable to the actions of large objects. Now, astronomers might have caught the primary hints of the ocean of gravitational waves that permeates every little thing, referred to as the gravitational wave background.

The North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav) consortium used a so-called pulsar timing array to try to construct a kind of map of gravitational waves. Pulsars are neutron stars that rotate extraordinarily quickly and recurrently, sending …

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