The staggeringly amazing OMG year in Einstein

From an Emmy-nominated TV show to a blockbuster scientific discovery, Einstein was all over 2017.

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An artist's illustration of two merging neutron stars. An artist's illustration of two merging neutron stars. (Photo: National Science Foundation/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet)

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Einstein’s prediction leads to dawn of new era in astronomy

This year scientists announced that they had witnessed a never-before-seen event: the merger of two neutron stars from a gravitational wave. The discovery was made public with a blizzard of studies, including one in The Astrophysical Journal Letters that had 4,500 authors – a third of all the professional astronomers in the world – from 910 institutions. Kate Becker of PBS said this "astronomical 'Rosetta Stone' will change our understanding of the universe." This dawn of a new era in astronomy is all based on one of Einstein's predictions that he made nearly 100 years ago.

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