- Associated Press - Saturday, October 7, 2017

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee played a role in breakthrough research on gravitational waves that earned a Nobel Prize in physics.

Researchers Barry Barish and Kip Thorne of California and Massachusetts scientist Rainer Weiss were awarded the Nobel Prize Tuesday. They worked on the 2015 project which observed gravitational waves that were caused by the far-away collision of two black holes about a billion years ago.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that UW-Milwaukee physics professor Patrick Brady led a team that helped figure out how to analyze the data in the project.

Brady says the next step in the project involves locating more gravitational waves from the black holes.

A black hole is a place in space where gravity is so strong that light can’t get out.

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Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio, https://www.wpr.org

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