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Astronomy without light
Gravitational waves let us see the invisible universe in new ways
For Astronomy Magazine:
Humans have always practiced some form of astronomy. For thousands of years, that meant observing only the light our eyes could see — either unaided or with a variety of instruments, such as astrolabes or telescopes. The 20th century brought new types of telescopes, which detect light we can’t see: infrared, X-ray, and so on.
Today, we’re witnessing the genesis of a whole new type of astronomy, and this one doesn’t use light at all. It uses gravitational waves.