With the highly sensitive equipment up and running, LIGO was able to pick up the first gravitational wave from a collision between two black holes 1.3bn years ago in deep space.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Science while announcing the winners stated that "this was a discovery which shook the world".
Rainer Weiss, 85, from MIT, will be awarded half of the $1.1 million prize.
The observatory's presence near the Hanford site is visually astonishing, and aside from its role in detecting gravitational waves, the facility played a huge role in earning three men the Nobel Prize for physics.
"When we first discovered them back in September 2015 many of us didn't believe it", The Washington Post quotes Weiss as saying during a phone call to the Stockholm conference.
Gravitational waves are extremely faint ripples in space, generated by some of the most violent events in the universe.
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Louisiana's Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, or LIGO, is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from LSU's Baton Rouge campus.
The discovery ushers in a new era of gravitational-wave astronomy and provides astronomers with a new set of tools to probe the cosmos.
LIGO team's visualization of gravitational waves caused by two rapidly orbiting black holes in a binary system.
Gravitational waves then distort the distances of these two beams by a tiny amount. The first detections came in 2015 (published in early 2016), but the Nobel Committee always waits at least a year to make an award.
Richard Blumenthal said the Las Vegas shooting shows that, "the time for hand-wringing and soul-searching is over. At the same time GOP legislation aimed at loosening gun rules stood in limbo, facing an uncertain future.
US officials had previously refrained from calling it "attacks", instead using the vague language of "incidents". The Associated Press reported that Cuban official called the American response "irresponsible", and "hasty".
Mr Rane quit the Congress last week after the party allegedly failed to keep its promise of making him the Chief Minister. No representation in Sena comes without money, so how can he (Uddhav) talk of corruption?
Manson was three dates into his Heaven Upside Down Tour , due to end in December with a series of United Kingdom performances. It was later announced the show was over due to injury , after he was rushed to hospital following the shocking incident.
"Body of one of the terrorists has been found with his identity yet to ascertained", said Director General of Police SP Vaid. Khan said around seven to eight members of the group are still at large and some of them are still active in south Kashmir.
Victory in fifth match is quite needful for the foes so as to prove that they're one of the strongest cricket teams in the world. It was a change of roles for the openers though, with Rahane leading the charge while Rohit Sharma took his time to settle down.
Auburn and Ole Miss will kick off at 11 a.m. on October 7 at Jordan-Hare Stadium, the SEC announced Monday morning. They've certainly responded and played really, really well. "Defensively, they're tough to run against".
Eagles key defensive players Jordan Hicks and Rodney McLeod , are listed as questionable and are expected to play on Sunday. The 14-point loss to the Chiefs is their worst loss during that span, and five of games were decided by 7 points or less.
Iran has ordered a fuel embargo on the Iraqi Kurdistan region, according to Iranian state news agency IRNA. Baghdad has closed Kurdish airspace and vowed to take control of the autonomous region's external borders.
Kids' federal health insurance funds expire
I mean we have certainly seen the children's health insurance plan play an important role in children's access to health coverage. It helps states support children whose parents are not eligible for Medicaid, but can not afford insurance for their children.
Dem calls for gun background check vote by end of week
The deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas left Republican-backed bills to loosen gun rules facing an uncertain future. At the moment, the House is also set to vote on legislation that would make gun silencers more accessible .
One held as Canada probes 'act of terrorism'
Knecht says the driver of the vehicle then got out and "viciously" stabbed the officer several times with a knife before fleeing. A vehicle rammed a police blockade before a knifeman leapt out and stabbed a police officer in Edmonton in Canada .
Yankees host Twins in AL wild-card game
As the playoffs get underway, we take a look at what to expect when two of baseball's best stories collide in the Bronx tonight . AL MVP hopeful Aaron Judge headlines the crew, which also includes Tuesday's starter Luis Severino and catcher Gary Sanchez .
North Korea: Millions sign up for military to fight against US
The standoff has entered a new, more risky phase since then as Kim and Trump have exchanged personal insults and threats of war. As Tillerson stated, the U.S. and the DPRK governments communicate directly over the issue of "nuclear and missile tests".
PlayStation VR is getting a little hardware update
In partnership with Capital One, Sony will be introducing its new PlayStation credit card for all fans of the gaming console. The packaging for the refreshed headset will also be slightly different, with a new product image that shows the changes.
Kim Jong-nam death: Women plead not guilty
The two were charged along with four North Korean men under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which carries the death penalty. Defence lawyers are convinced the real culprits have left Malaysia and that the women's innocence will be proven in court.