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Gravitational Waves
"That last LinkedIn request set a new record for the most energetic physical event ever observed. Maybe we should respond." "Nah."
Title text: "That last LinkedIn request set a new record for the most energetic physical event ever observed. Maybe we should respond." "Nah."

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Ambox notice.png This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: Needs more technical expertise on gravitational waves

A gravitational wave detector is a device used to measure gravitational waves, small distortions of spacetime that were first predicted by Albert Einstein in 1916.

Megan, Cueball, and Ponytail are listening to signals from a gravitational wave detector. However, in addition to "normal" wave signals, there are also signals that appear to be "spam" emails, like invitations from Linkedin, a job networking site, a mortgage offer, and a social meetup. There is also a joke because the 'local group' is also the technical name for the group of galaxies containing the Milky Way.

This comic was published on a Thursday, not following the normal publish schedule, to coincide with the discovery of a clear gravitational wave signal on February 11, 2016. Gravitational waves were detected through the collision of 2 black holes.

Transcript

[Cueball, Megan, and Ponytail are in a room in front of a computer machine]
Megan: The gravitational wave detector works! For the first time, we can listen in on the signals carried by ripples in the fabric of space itself!
Computer: EVENT: Black hole merger in Carina (30 M, 30 M)
Computer: EVENT: Zorlax the Mighty would like to connect on Linkedin
Computer: EVENT: Black hole merger in Orion (20 M, 50 M)
Computer: EVENT: Mortgage offer from Triangulum Galaxy
Computer: EVENT: Zorlax the Mighty would like to connect on Linkedin
Computer: EVENT: Meet lonely singles in the local group tonight!


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