"We are honored that LIGO trusted us to manage their computing infrastructure", said Miron Livny, UW-Madison professor of computer sciences and chief technology officer for the Morgridge Institute for Research and Wisconsin Institute for Discovery.
Since then, the enigmatic ripples have been detected three more times: twice more by LIGO and once by the Virgo detector located at the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) in Cascina, Italy.
The press release said the gravitational waves were observed for the very first time on September 14, 2015.
LIGO is a vast complex based out in the USA that uses two vast laser interferometers to detect what are quite simply ripples in space and time.
As per the information provided on Wikipedia, "Gravitational waves are ripples in the curvature of spacetime that are generated in certain gravitational interactions and propagate as waves outward from their source at the speed of light".
The first of the 2017 prizes was announced Monday with the medicine prize being given to three Americans studying human body clocks. The project took more than 40 years. The facilities were designed, built and are operated by the many dedicated staff at Caltech and MIT as well as at the LIGO stations in Hanford, Washington and Livingston, Louisiana.
The waves came from a collision between two black holes.
The film was praised for getting its physics right and all the credit went to Thorne - the slowing down of time, the spaceship speeding by black hole, the singularity experience and time as another dimension.