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Lead CSUF Researcher Discusses Gravitational Waves Breakthrough

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The whirlwind of recent media coverage surrounding the detection of gravitational waves continued today with Joshua Smith, director of Cal State Fullerton’s Gravitational Wave Physics and Astronomy Center, being interviewed on CNET’s “Tomorrow Daily.”

Smith and his team of faculty and student researchers played a major role in the breakthrough that was first announced on February 11. 

For the first time, scientists observed gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of space-time — arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. The discovery confirmed a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opened an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.