Scientists Will Announce A Major Discovery In Astrophysics On Monday
A media alert has been posted stating that scientists from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) are preparing to announce a "major discovery" in the field of Astrophysics next Monday. A press conference has been arranged for 12:00pm EST on Monday 17th March and you can watch a live stream of it right here. No further details were revealed by the CfA, leaving the majority of the scientific community to speculate as to what the breakthrough might entail.
The Guardian speculates that the announcement may have something to do with a potential discovery of 'primordial gravitational waves' by the BICEP (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization) telescope.
These gravitational waves were first theorized by Albert Einstein and remain the last untested notion in his theory of general relativity. If this US team has discovered evidence of the waves, it means more light could be shed on some of the first moments in our universe's history.
"If a detection has been been made, it is extraordinarily exciting," said Imperial College Cosmologist, Professor Andrew Jaffe who continued to tell The Guardian that the discovery would tell us what was happening in the universe when it was less than a second old.