Gravitational waves cause
Based on data from the LIGO interferometer, scientists created this simulation of the collision that created gravitational waves.

This week’s landmark announcement of the detection of gravitational waves — ripples in spacetime predicted by Einstein — was followed today by shocking confirmation that the waves emanated from a cataclysmic collision 29 years ago in Pontiac, MI.

Researchers from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) revealed today that the gravitational wave they detected resulted from “an irresistible force meeting an immovable object” inside a “dome-like structure” in 1987.

“In late-March of that year, it seems a colossal mass was slammed to the ground by a powerful star,” explained astrophysicist Kip Thorne.

“The resulting gravitational waves were partly absorbed by their surroundings — 93,173 bodies, by my calculations — before rippling outward into the universe.”

The discovery of gravitational waves makes possible a new wave of astrophysics, and could allow scientists to better understand the origins, evolution, and ultimate fate of the WWE Universe.